I have absolutely fallen in love with this colt. The owner offered to let me buy its mother a while back, but I ended up going for a different horse. The current owner really isn't the best candidate for a horse-owner, but he makes sure the horse has good food, fresh water, and a clean stall (believe me, that is more than many of the horses at this boarding facility get).
I am worried about his friend, who is trying to convince him to sell it to him. He wants it for his four year old daughter. He has never owned a horse in his life, nor had any experience other than petting one. He wants it to be a breeding stallion. He is assuming by the time his daughter can ride, she can just hop on the horse and everything will be perfect.
He currently 'helps out' with the foal, and he is going to ruin him. He is very forceful with the foal. He doesn't understand the horse isn't born to know what he wants him to do. Plus he has a very confusing way of teaching the horse, and punishes him for not being a mind reader. I don't mean an light smack on the rump, but he actually hits it in the face, whips it with a rope, and things like that. He was lunging the foal at three months old. I don't mean making it calmly walking it in a circle, but making it gallop hard for long periods of time, when the colt obviously wants to stop. It has a biting and kicking problem that he doesn't know how to handle. Worst of all, he refuses to take any advice. I know a local trainer that offered to help for free, and he won't even consider it.
Why do I want this colt? I feel bad for not adopting his mother. Another person adopted it, and her other horse recently starved to death, and the colts mother is pretty close to it (I've done everything I can, animal control, humane society, etc. Go to abusewatch.wordpress.com for more info). I can't save her, but I can give this colt a better life. I have worked with foals before, though never owned my own. Everyone has got to start somewhere right?
He has such a bad attitude with everyone, but he is an angel with me. This horse and I have this connection, its hard to explain, but I want him. I know his owner would sell him to me if he was going to sell him at all.
His mother is 100% paint. Her conformation is a trainwreck, mainly her fetlocks, but she has an amazing personality. The father is unknown, but I think I know who it is, because the foal looks exactly like him. He is 100% thoroughbred, with excellent conformation. He is now nine months old.
Here are some pictures and videos. Can someone tell me what they think of his conformation? Do you think it is a good idea for me to adopt him? Thanks.
Here is the mother:
Here are some pictures of the colt. The first pic is at two days old:
Here is the only video I have of him. He's just being cute here, but it has him walking and galloping. It may not be the best to judge conformation, but maybe it will help: