I was wondering if people could give me some advice on this horse. He is a 6y/o Standardbred. He has been off the track for two years, and for that time he has been just pretty much left in the back paddock of his breeder/trainer/owner. He's been checked, had feet done etc. but otherwise left alone.
I'd be getting him through this organisation that re-homes STBs. I would receive him on a one year lease and if I liked him after that year I can keep him for free, if not I can return him during the lease.
He looks in paddock condition - which is what he is. He doesn't have any muscle tone and has not been broken to saddle. Obviously I'd feed him up, rug him etc. but what do you think? Sometimes I think his back legs are too much under him but other times he seems to stand straight. My mother says while some of the pictures make his hindquarters seem high, they are not really higher than the wither. Looking at him I think he'd need lots of muscle work, especially with the neck, extra feeding, rugging etc. I have not seen him, my mother went to look at him and these are her pictures. If I like him I'll get him trucked up.
My mother liked him very much because he had a wonderful temperament. The owner gets no money for this horse - he has no reason to lie, and he says he's calm and quiet, just too slow for the track, he retired sound. Temperament is really, really important to me.