Hey guys, today I went out to see a horse that I was hoping to turn into an eventer. He's a 13 y.o. OTTB, and raced until he was 9. He had a total of 80 starts. He was purchased by a company that buys TB's to rehome them, and pinned as suited for flatwork and pleasure riding, due to some "wear and tear on his ankles." However, this assessment was made when he first came right off the track. Since then, he's been happily getting fat off grass and enjoying a good four years off work with his new mom. Honestly when I rode him today, I didn't feel him hesitate at all and I kind of fell in love with his personality as well as I'd love to help his current owner since she's in a tight spot. Though I still want a horse that I could eventually be competing at Novice level with.
What are peoples opinions on the recovery process of TB's? Should I take a vet out there to take a look at him now? Or, is the "wear and tear" irreversible? He hasn't had any broken bones or issues throughout his career, and he's apparently got quite the heart for the work he does.
Here are a couple pictures of what his legs look like, if anyone knows what they're looking at.