I would really like to know if there is any way at all to know how a horse will look when they are mature while they are young.
I can give some photo reference of two of the horses that my family had bred and raised for examples of my question. The first is a mare, her dam is mostly arabian with a little bit of saddlebred. The sire is a registered, foundation type quarter horse.
As a foal, June 1988 Princess June 1988.jpg
Then as an adult, May 2005 Princess May 2005.jpg
Is there any way to have known that she was going to have a long swayed back (way more than other horses I have seen on this forum), bad angles all around, rough gaits, and the list goes on. Is there something I am not seeing in her baby picture that would have alerted us that she wasn't going to be a joyous ride? (although, her gaits are almost smooth if you know how to get her to collect :roll:)
Now, I can imagine it can be difficult to judge a foal, but what about a yearling?
This is a 14 month old gelding. His dam is a quarab (same quarter horse sire the the bay mare above), and his sire is a registered arabian.
He looks so downhill that you cannot imagine that he would be good for anything more than a pasture pet Diga 1997.jpg
Then at 9 years old (ground is nearly level) Diga May 2005.jpg
Would there be any indicators that he was going to correct, and his front end would nearly catch up to the back end when you look at him as a yearling?