Choosing a young horse

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Choosing a young horse

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    11-15-2011, 12:23 PM
Choosing a young horse

I hope this is the right area for this... In the psat when people have posted pics of yearlings and 2 years old, they have been told it is hard to tell because they are growing (either way uphill or downhill).

With this in mind, how do you go about choosing a young horse? Do you look at everthing else or does that not work either ("may grow out of it")?

I apologize if this is in the wrong spot, but appreciate any insight you can give.

Thank you!
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    11-15-2011, 12:48 PM
I think it's pretty darn hard to tell much of anything about a horse that is still growing... they do have that potential to "grow out of it" for a lot of issues.
    11-15-2011, 01:13 PM
Some things may change but if they have crooked legs or obvious conformation flaws other than gawkiness then that woun't change. Most well put together horses look good even as they grow.
    11-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Agreed, an experienced eye can usually tell the things that could lead to soundness issues. A lot of their potential can also be seen by looking at their parents and bloodlines.
    11-15-2011, 06:30 PM
Thanks guys!! I'll make sure to bring an experienced young horse buyer with me if I decide to go that direction

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