So if you've ventured down into the Pictures section, you'll see that the situation with the Paint gelding didn't work out. I'm a pretty stubborn girl, so I've kept looking and making phone calls. This woman is willing to lease me her gelding (not lease to buy, just lease) but I can take him off-farm. It's affordable, and she will give me all of his goodies (tack, blanket, etc). He's still green, but nowhere near as green as Spree, and he's a gentleman on the ground. Whew. He better be, the dude's 16.3hh! He's very quiet and sweet. I know he needs groceries; she's been working hard at putting weight on him, as he came from an abusive situation. What do you all think?
Ha, whoops. Guess I should mention that I took those photos this morning before riding him. :) Good, glad you don't think he looks too thin!
He was a good boy, and definitely improved the longer I rode him. He hadn't been worked in a week and is a little lazy, but that's better for me than him being hot. I was encouraged at how much he shaped up after just 15 minutes of riding. I think he would be a lot of fun, and a good (but not impossible) challenge.
Honestly, I would so much rather have a horse who needs a little work in the saddle than one who's pushy on the ground. Dealing with Spree for 4+ months has made me long to work with a mellow, affectionate horse, which he is.
I'd get the vet to check him for worms... he's got a big gut but you can see his ribs; looks wormy to me. He also has long pasterns that don't appeal to me at all.
It's hard to tell much beyond that from the pictures given, sorry.