Welcome to the forum!! So overall, are you planning on eventually getting a horse for yourself?
Most certainly! As it turns out, the folks that are boarding my girl's horses have two others theyre boarding for an absentee owner, who has gotten behind on the board and feed bills pretty bad.
Of the two, one is about 30, the other is about 15 (best guess by all parties present today).
The old one is definitely unrideable, due to a multitude of issues.
The other is lamed up pretty bad, but my girl thinks a shoeing, and some enhanced nutrition, would remedy the situation enough to make him rideable on the trails.
He seems to have a real good disposition, quite friendly, and likes a good scratch behind the ears. Everyone there today thought he would make a great horse for me, knowing my abilities and desired focus for my horse.
He stood well for her when she looked at his feet, and didnt fuss when she cleaned out his hooves. There was a bit of funk in his hooves (she mentioned it by a name, but i'm not remembering it), that smelled like fermented dog poo in july, which she said should be easily remedied with a good shoeing and a little extra attention to his feet.
So, time will tell, and we'll see if the owner comes around and decides to help the horse have a good quality home and life instead of the miserable existence he has going on.
It was quite torturous for me to watch that poor horse hobble around on his sore feet.
I SO wanted to call my farrier buddy to come do his feet to give him some relief and help him be happy again. But, due to the legal aspects, i was advised to do nothing.
Oh, and even through all that, ya know the best part?
He's a gorgeous PAINT!