I've had a situation with my current mare who is incredibly lonely, and it was the decision to find a paddock mate for her recently. I have been offered a NZ Standardbred mare who is 7yrs and the current owner is over committed and just wants her to go to a good home. I wasn't too fazed if the horse I got was rideable or not, but this mare is lovely and sweet natured from what I've been told, and enjoys work, she just hasn't had a lot of time to give her any. Previously she was coming along nicely under saddle and whilst she's a bit "dorky" in her confo, she was still consistent. She sounds quite lovely, and will get a lot of love from us regardless, if we get her.
My use of this mare for riding purposes would be light hacking, and general fitness. I'm not looking for anything to show (already have my mare for my own pursuits), but simply a farm hack so me and my friend (who is learning to ride on my own mare) can just go for plods together. My interest is to know whether her conformation would cause any major issues for her to be in relatively regular work. In my opinion she sounds like she'd be up for everything we want to do with her, but I'm a plus sized rider, so I just want to be on the cautious side.
Sorry there is only a couple of photos, both taken at odd angles, I'm to meet her on Sunday and will hopefully come away with more photos... and a horse to help my mare with her loneliness!
What I see is she's downhill, and front heavy. It's hard to tell much more as the ground isn't even, and I'm not the most experienced with conformation. I have to agree with her owner, she is a bit "dorky" looking but she doesn't appear to have any alarming issues that turn me off of riding her.
The injury was caused by another horse, not her own doing and has healed in case you're wondering :)