Hi everyone. I've been a 'lurker' for quite a while. I have two horses that I would like your thoughts on. The first is a little chestnut gelding that we just bought. He's about 16 years old and was in pretty bad shape when we got him. He still needs some groceries in him, but we're working on it. He just got shoes on today and got a much needed trim. We got him for our 5 and 3 year old sons who are just learning to ride. They will be joining a riding club this spring. We originally had a large bay mare for them, but she was a little much, so we sold her and found this guy, who is much more their level. He really takes care of them, but will move when you ask him to. As skinny as he is, though, they aren't riding him until he gets more weight on him.
Anyway- do you see any obvious issues that will cause him problems later on? He seems sound and has a very nice mind. He's about 14 hh.
Next is Ruby. She is MY girl. She is 5 years old and is my heart. I want to start barrels and poles with her this spring. I've only had her for a year, but I feel like I've had her forever. She is that "once in a lifetime" horse.