I will chime in on the standardbred tattoo (he looks a bit like my stb boy). The USTA (united states trotting association) changed over to a neck freeze brand on the right side about 17 years ago. We have a 25 year old who has a lip tattoo but all our other ones (oldest being 16) are neck branded. They did this because the brands are easier to read and in theory less painful for the horse. So, your new boy is probably not a standardbred unless he is an older model.
I have a feeling he is an older model of whatever it is that he may be, lol.
His teeth do show quite a bit of age unless some how cribbing can effect their their bottom teeth as well. IMO I don't think his body shows that much age. He is just underweight and needs muscle I believe. miles6.jpg
And here is a picture of him from yesterday, it warmed up enough for me to give him a quick bath(that he was really good about). With all that fluff wetted down it gives a better idea of what I'm working with. He defintely needs more muscle.
I was able to lunge him today and he was nice about it.. getting him into a trot is bit of a chore, but he will do it and looks nice when he does. I did notice that one of his front feet has a lower heel on it than the other...but it appears he has been neglected of farrier care for quite some time. Hopefully it's nothing major. He isn't lame at all, and moves nicely.
I don't know if the STB are gaited or not...but if they are, he isn't gaited.
Does anybody notice anything from the pictures that would keep him from being ridden for trails/pleasure riding?
Age included. At what age do people stop riding..or does the horse let you know? Does it become apparent they can't hold up to the riding anymore?
From what I know he was being ridden by the people who gave him to the people I got him from(and they only had him for less than a month..9 horses to get rode and only 2-3 people who rode, both of the girls still in school so minimal time to ride in the evenings, he wasn't rode by them).
Thanks for all the help you guys. I do plan to check the aqha, jockey club and maybe stb racing associations to figure out his tattoo...will have to wait on the aqha unfortunately till I have more money. For now I'll just assume he's old