OK guys, here are some piccies of the first horse I have bought here in the States. She is a 7yo TB mare 'Bit of Energy' 16hh, I like to call her Bobbie for short.
Her story is that she raced until she was almost 5 years old, couldn't win a race to save herself. She was turned out into a huge pasture when she finished racing and left there for two years, doing nothing except running wild with some other mares and geldings. When I picked her up she was skin and bone, wormy, scruffy and otherwise pretty unhealthy. I have had her for two months now and she is doing better. She is still pretty lean although gradually building up muscle with more work and an excellent diet, another month or two and she will be in exactly the condition I want her to be in.
As for riding, once she remembered what a saddle and bridle are and we straightened out a few behavioural kinks, she has settled into work quite nicely and has proven herself to be a lovely riding horse. Sorry the only picture of me riding her is so blurry, it was taken as the sun was going down! Also, I am aware my stirrups are a little short - I plan on keeping them that way until I am completely sure she will continue behaving herself the way she is supposed to if you all catch my drift