Originally Posted by PrancingPegasusOfDoom View Post
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.
Any opinions/advice? Thank you!
A big huge NO NO NO to this horse!!! Don't do it! Here's why:
1.) Soundness - don't even bother with a horse that has an existing soundness issue and don't listen to what the seller tells you about the horse as they have a vested interest in selling it.
2.) Stick away from ex racehorses for a first horse, whilst they make great horses eventually, there is usually considerable training that goes into them before they understand the ins and outs of their new life away from the track.
3.) I would also stick away from rescues for a first horse. The often come with a host of behavioural/health complications that require experience and may not make for a trouble free enjoyable horse ownership.
If I were you, I would look for something that is around 8-12 years old, good conformation, sound of mind and body with a sweet willing temperament. I wouldn't worry too much about specific breeds, in fact some of the crosses that are available make excellent all round type horses such as the Quarab, Anglo-Arab or some of the heavy horse crosses.
Also, take your time looking for the right horse and try not to fall in love with the first one you see, it is hard I know but you have to look around and see a few to get an idea of what might be best suited to your needs.