Hi, I'm new here so bear with me if I'm posting in the wrong area. Just looking for a VERY mild conformation critique on this little paso- I'm in the market for a horse (my first after many years) and I live somewhere where pasos are highly valued (puerto rico). This is also a place where you see many many 'mildly' (or worse) neglected horses tied on the road, etc.
This horse was actually shown to me by a local trainer that says the owner is desperate to get rid of him, and he (the trainer) thinks he has good potential. As of now this horse is tied in a field with no supplemental feed and is not being ridden. Hence the obvious worm belly, ears full of ticks, general lack of muscle tone and dehydration.
My main concern is - what potential does anyone see here? I wasn't necessarily looking for a rescue but this little guy had a really sweet overall demeanor and a smooth ride (8 year old gelding). I'm just looking for a pleasure horse, nothing fancy. Doesn't have to be a champion but I also don't want a nightmare. Is that ewe neck curable with proper riding? His feet looked good (sound after a trim) all things considered.
For those of you that have rescued, how many of the horses became a totally different story after they felt better? My instinct is that this guy is so tame because he's sick and not feeling well. Am I going to have a handful after he perks up? I don't want to be a bleeding heart and end up over my head!
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!