My husband is looking for a confident trail riding horse and went out to view a few that a woman had for sale not far from our home. He rode a 6 year old gelding Standardbred. He came in from the field when called. He saddled and bridled well. He rode him in the mountains for about 2.5 hours. There were many distractions like wild horses snorting running away from him. Nothing fazed this horse. They trotted and cantered on the trail as well. He's not as well trained as my horse with regards to seat and leg pressure which I have read is common with OTT Standies.My husband enjoyed riding him and his woah is perfect.
So, we had a vet come do a health check on him. Here's what he said. He has a first grade heart murmur, has been pin fired, and needs his teeth done in about a year. The vet commented on his quiet disposition. The vet had the owner trot him in front of him for quite a few minutes. Should we be concerned about the heart murmur? The vet said it is common in horses. He'll mainly be used for trail riding. He has done endurance trails and done very well. My hubby likes this horse a lot and we can trial him for two weeks before making a final decision. Thoughts?