Thanks for the opinions. We are going to buy "Reese", he is real gentle, stands quietly for everything, and seems to not get bothered by anything. He is older than our other horse but it looks like a good match for me to light trail ride for years, thanks again.
I don't think age has anything to do wtih it - personally. My fellow is 22 and we are jumping 2'11 - 3'3" and eventing at the Novice Level.
I think it has to do with condition, nutrition, and body health - aka joints, tendons, etc, etc.
I say, get a full vet exam done, with xrays - so that you can know for sure exactly what the areas of concern are on the fellow, and then you can take needed steps to treat/care/target - to ensure longevity, happiness and health.
Thanks. I will work on a pic. Another question for someone: we kept the new horse away from "old" horse for 4 days (they can see and talk to each other but not touch) and then put them on each side of our arena for 2 afternoons, then put them together yesterday. Ok for awhile and then Beauty (had her for a year) kicked Reese 2 x in a 3 hour period. No real damage, here is the question. Will they work it out or should I slow down introduction for awile? Reese (gelding) gets excited but doesn't seem to be trying anything but the girl/boss says stay away!