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post #1 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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New Filly not what I expected...ugh

So I asked the breeder to send a recent pic of my new filly - and I'm not impressed. I know the dam, I know the stud, and they are honestly nothing like this. She looks so....crooked and kinda weak. I'm so disapointed - I've already paid for her. I bought her at only a few months old becuse I knew her parents and they are both good looking individuals with good performance records. I know this can happen, a foal turning out like a bit of a dud even though the parents are great, but it sucks!
So I feel terrible, but do you think there is anything I can do? There are three other fillies still for sale with similar bloodlines - as a breeder, would you consider an exchange? I don't want to offend him, and I'm a little sick over it, but I'm not happy with how she looks. I'm going to see her in the flesh on Monday. Any advice?? She's the buckskin on the left. Those are some crookes hocks! The roan on the left is not for sale - she was my 1st choice and is 2 months older.
Here is the pic he sent me.
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post #2 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, the pic is TINY! Going to try and fix it!!

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post #3 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 05:55 PM
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The photo is too small for me to see.
I think you can talk to the breeder and see try your luck, but if you already paid for her and she's yours...you're kind of stuck.
I've never bought unseen before though, so maybe someone else has had a different experience.
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post #4 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 05:59 PM
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How old is she? I wouldn't give up hope on her just yet. All horses go thru that "ugly stage" at about 4-5 months old.
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post #5 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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ill trying to fix the picture - new computer and software!! Sorry!
I did see her, but she was so new, and looked OK to me.

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post #6 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 06:01 PM
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Did she look straight when you saw her? Chances are that if she looked straight before then the angle of the picture could be off.
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post #7 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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She's 5 months. When I saw her, she was not quite 2 months. She looked all gangely, but not to crooked. My big concern is the lack of muscle she carries over her hip and stifle - she looks quite slight.

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post #8 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 06:35 PM
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I think she's in her gawky phase. Give her some time I bet she'll turn out gorgeous.

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post #9 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 06:44 PM
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Personally if it was me I'd probably hold onto her, it's hard w/ babies because they go through so many stages. Although I can't see the pic well enough.

However, if you deside to ask about a swap, I would not tell them it's because you desided you don't like the one you picked, but instead just say you really like the other one better! And since you can only afford one you'd prefer that one. They may or may not go for it, if they do that's great for you, if not, don't get mad, just enjoy your new filly, she may turn out to be exactly what you were expecting! I know I've been suprised before!
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post #10 of 50 Old 09-18-2009, 06:55 PM
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I wouldnt give up hope yet, Like everyone else has said, every foal goes through there ugly stage, and some look down right hideous! I am sure she will even out, and look better the more she grows.

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