Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
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.
He's sold now however I personally think he's over priced for the horse market here ( I would of offered 100 less than what she is asking but I am a bit of a tight arse haha) a lot of people are selling horses broken in and riding for the price she is asking (granted they are mostly cobs or tb's)
I asked for more info and pictures however she told me that's all she had as she's selling for her cousin. Here's what else she told me about him.
"Hi stef he is still for sale, he's my cousins horse she is very ill just now hence the sale. She only got him from the breeder in October and he was totally in handled then. He can now be caught, led out, rugs changed, groomed, tailed played with etc. he is still slightly jumpy but that's to be expected and he has been getting his feet picked up (as he's due a trim soon) which he is ok with, still very ticklish round the legs but every day is a step forward. Hope that gives you an insight, she understands he is a project (well anything at his age is really) but he doesn't have a bad bone in him. Just trying to be totally honest as we want a good home."