I think this could be a good exercise even if you aren't interested in him to buy. He does appear to have some major flaws that could be cleared up or confirmed with better pictures and a physical evaluation. It could just be the resolution of the picture but the lumpiness down the front of his hind cannon bones could indicate a serious chronic health issue as well. Drafts can be extremely hard to figure out how they are going to turn out even when you've seen a bunch of them. It helps to see other foals from the same crosses (even just staying with the family lines) to figure out how they mature. As a group, they go through some awful stages where you say "what was I thinking...?". 14.2 is small for 18-20 months. I would expect him to be closer to 16H if he were to mature in the 17.2 range. He is very butt high so he is growing rapidly before the front can catch up (not necessarily a good thing).
I don't have a problem with young horses covered in mud and hairy because they live out in the elements (healthier in the long run) but if you're serious about selling them, clean them up and take some good shots. I do have a problem with that. Where is he priced for your market? That will tell you what the breeder thinks of him.
Last edited by Left Hand Percherons; 01-12-2013 at 09:47 PM.