So first off, I started taking lessons in kindergarten but had to stop several years later because of money issues. I continued to ride, although not as often as I would've liked.
This past summer I worked on farms which included a lot of horsey duties. There were three horses, but two of them I wasn't allowed to ride because the owners only want riders more experienced than them to ride their horses (which I understand!). So I got to ride a former school-horse that they hadn't ridden in 6 months because of her tendency to bolt - she enjoys driving much more.
So that's more or less my horse history in a nutshell. I'm currently attending the D'AL School of Equine Massage in Ontario. I just moved here from Quebec.
On Sunday I'm going to look at a 10 year old Standardbred mare (pacer). She's a former racehorse, and was rescued from the meat auction. Her current owner says that she can w/t/c but will start pacing. However, it's easy to get her back into a trot (supposedly). Her right, hind fetlock is permanently "swollen" but it apparently doesn't pose any problem and she hasn't taken a lame step in her time with this owner (again, this is just what the owner says). A vet will be checking her out when I'm there.
This horse is purely for pleasure purposes. I have no intention to show, or even really jump. A horse would also be beneficial as far as school goes.
Unfortunately, I don't know an experienced horse person who would do the 2hr drive with me to check her out, especially since she's just for trail riding. I understand this can be risky... However, I plan to film her when the owner rides her and when I ride her (I have family members going with me but they aren't horse people). That way I can get opinions from more experienced riders instead of just going on what I saw - which would be risky...
Any opinions/advice? Thank you!