Long story short, I'm on the look out for a second horse after my first one turned out horribly (a green 4 year old thoroughbred mare who was doped and unsound).
The horse I'm looking at at the moment is a 6 year old chestnut Standardbred mare. I'd prefer an older horse and not a mare, but she just sounds so perfect otherwise! She's only green, but she's been ridden by a 5 year old and 3 year old, as she doesn't like doing much more than walking. Since I'm looking for a plodder, it sounds perfect.
BUT. She's cow hocked and pigeon toed. The cow hocks don't bother me much, but the pigeon toes do. I'm far from being a light person, and I worry that my weight will only raise the risk of lameness even more.
I've requested a front on picture of the mare to judge the severity, but by what I've seen so far it doesn't look too bad.
I'm not sure whether to pursue this mare or not purely for this reason. She'd be ridden regularly, at least 3 times a week. I wouldn't be competing with her or anything of the sort, she'd be purely a pleasure horse to be ridden in the paddock and occasionally out on roads.
I really need some advice from people with experience in this matter. I've been reading other forum posts all over the web, some people say don't touch them, others say that they are fine so long as their hooves are kept in check.