Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
I forgot to mention - she came to me from the man who bought her (as a racing prospect) from her breeder... and TB people here don't handle their horses much if at all until they're ready to race. Magic is actually unusually well-handled, for a 2yo unraced unbroke TB that hasn't been fully registered, only foal recorded. It's pretty common for them to come to people completely wild, never even been halter broke. Especially the ones from sires that don't produce winners, like my girl. It's strange considering the bloodlines but Hartley's Spirit has not produced one single race winner.
Hartly's Spirit actually throws all over the place in regards to height. Majority of his foals mature between 15hh and ~16hh with colts/geldings mostly making up the taller horses. You may find 17hh will be stretching it and unlikely.
Most thoroughbreds are halter trained and well handled, especially ones from this stud. They do need to be manageable from a young age as the must stand somewhat pleasant for the vet to be registered and for if/when they go to sale. It is very uncommon that they aren't well handled before seeing a breaker.
You will find that if your horse has been DNA tested, assigned a life number and
Microchipped it is registered just unnamed. Again it's not uncommon for a thoroughbred to go unnamed right up until its ready for it's first trial. A lot will go to a pretrainer be in full work and go out for spell again before getting a race name.
As for Hartley's Spirit not producing a single winner this comment is completely untrue. There have been a few winners, most notably Can't Hartley Wait. His stud fee wouldn't be as high as it is if he had no winners.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could please not spread false misleading information as it can hurt the business of the stud.