My curiosity has been aroused: recently there have been a few threads were pedigrees of this horse or that have been posted. While perusing said pedigrees, I've sometimes noticed that, say, father, grandfather, and great grandfather are all only maybe 8 years apart in age.
For example: the prospective sire was born in 2010, his sire was born in 2004, and the grand-sire was born in 1998.
This isn't a commentary about breeding those stallions "so" young or anything but in this case, the grand-sire isn't even 15 yet. How can a breeder be sure that the bloodlines are really good when you haven't seen even half the lifetime of one of those horse?
I mean, performance-wise they might be great but if I were a breeder, longevity and "holding-up" would be important attributes I would want to have in my program - things you wouldn't be seeing at age 13 or younger...
Of course, that probably isn't a very sound business model=why breeders do that^ but still, I wonder...
Does anyone know?
Is conformation enough to prove that a horse WILL be sound at age 25? I personally don't really think so... Obviously, lots of factors go into soundness but I would want to breed something that's sound at 15 and still trucking in hard work vs something that's sound at...4, you know?
Probably a dumb question but humor me. :)