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    06-30-2012, 05:56 PM
What You Should Concider Before Buying A Show Prospect Weanling....

I know for a fact that when looking for competitive show prospects you have to look at pedigree, baby's movements, dam and sire, full siblings to foal, and if possible the granddam's records for show and produce. Exactly how do you examine whether the foal will be good if its a maiden dam? Bloodlines and parents, yes but how about judging conformation of baby? Its easy to see long or short back but I'm refering to butt high or tall withers, and definetely their long spring legs? I always gave the babies a year before looking at them, but what do I look at when their is only sire and dam conformation wise? I want all details if possible because the baby will have a very competitive show life(reasonable) before I decide to breed her. Thanks in advance!

Also are most baby's pasterns really that long? I see that on a bunch of pleasure foals this year or an I wrong here? I haven't felt this out of place since the judging competiton two years ago in the 4H state judging contest (I can't memorize the terms very well otherwise I can place them well so reasons were fun to give).
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    06-30-2012, 06:21 PM
Find a professional to help you.

Honestly, it's easier to learn this from someone in person than over the internet.
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    06-30-2012, 06:31 PM
Agreed with spurstop. Find a trainer in your area that specializes in the discipline you want to be in. Do a lot of research on each trainer before settling with one.. you want to make sure you have the best one (and one that is willing to work with you). Write down a list of questions and make sure you ask the potential trainer everything you want to know. Don't be afraid to ask too much! You want to learn and they should be willing to teach you.

Once you find yourself a trainer to work with, THEN start looking at prospects.
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    06-30-2012, 06:38 PM
Originally Posted by spurstop    
Find a professional to help you.

Honestly, it's easier to learn this from someone in person than over the internet.
That's the hard part. I don't have too many of those around here. Two places are judges, and a couple other places don't answer unless you say "I'm ready to buy one lucky foal from you." I plan to talk to other professionals outside the state but id like a few opinions too. I was nearly scammed one time by a breeder. I was looking for a nice colt and I called them up and they portrayed him to be a nice prospect so we went to go see this yearling....sire was not happy, none of the horses were, all cramped without room. Then the colt......NOPE. Minimal work, challenged the senior 28 year old stallion, no manners. Beautiful but no. We left after that...

I might go around looking on websites from AQHA December journal to look.
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    06-30-2012, 06:42 PM
Also, I'm not 100% sure what to ask beside what I stated above.
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    06-30-2012, 08:16 PM
You can find Professional Horsemen on AQHA's website.

Go to a show and meet trainers there. If you have any friends who are showing the circuit you want to show in, ask them who they ride with or who is reputable.
    06-30-2012, 09:42 PM
Thanks. I have a couple prospects picked out but I'm going to work with a trainer on picking a prospect. Thank you for your help.
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    07-01-2012, 03:03 PM
Can we see the prospects you are looking at?
    07-01-2012, 04:37 PM
Yah, sure. But I'm not stopping at just those. I'll have to post them tomorrow because our lights went back off and my smart phone isn't as bright that I can post. For now, I can give you bloodlines of two foals.

Foal 1: You Bet I'M Good X Walkin On Diamonds
Foal 2: By Appointment Only X Cookies Good Asset by Good Asset

I'm liking foal 2. I got ahold of a lady who sold a By Appointment Only filly just today and she said she liked the stallion and the foal was great. She was a breeder.
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    07-02-2012, 02:38 PM

By Appointment Only X Cookies Good Asset

You Bet IM Good X Walkin On Diamonds

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