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    10-11-2012, 07:20 PM
A foals conformation.

How much can you tell about a foals future conformation as a grown horse, from the way the foal is looking when they are a few months old?

I am quite curios about it, there are a lot of people that buy foals -they must look at something to get "I must have this horse-feeling"?

What should you look for in a foal?

I am guessing it depends on what you want to use to foal for?

I have a filly that will be five months in a week, and she is starting to look decent in my opinion. What can you say about her?

Her dam, is like a cat when it comes to jumping and has competed in dressage up to national level, the sire is successfully shown in dressage classes for young ponies.

I know what I think about her, but I am wondering about what some other eyes might see.
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    10-11-2012, 07:44 PM
This is what I look for. In general conformation.
The back legs you should be able to draw a straight line up and down from the butt to the legs.
Under the belly should be shorter than the back. The front legs should be straight, like as if they were a tree growing from the ground straight up.
The angle of the shoulder should look like you can draw a crooked square. The bottom under the neck should be shorter than the top. And from the back hip bone draw a straight line to the top of the tail and go down and then left and then up, the closer it is to making a square is good. Hard to explain.
From what I can see she is good in those areas.
I don't know what to look for if you want it to be suitable for a certain sport. Head I think is prefrence. I like baby doll heads.
    10-11-2012, 08:18 PM
No comments conformation wise...but I did want to say that I love the picture and I think she's lovely!
    10-11-2012, 08:35 PM
Stella, I LOVE her. And you're freaking gorgeous yourself, lady!

Anyways.. I *hate* judging foals' conformation. They go through such odd phases it's really hard to tell what they will turn out like; they go through phases where they look prettier than they end up, and some downright "hide that THING behind the barn before someone sees!" phases. I've seen pretty foals grow into not-so-pretty horses, and some ugly as sin foals turn out to be very attractive.
I have heard, though, to look at them at 3 days, 3 months, and 3 years old to see what they will turn out to look like.
In the end though, I think your girl is going to be a very nice looking mare when she's "all growed up."
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    10-11-2012, 08:58 PM
Green Broke
Some foals look really funky for a long time. She is definitely not one of them. She is stunning, always has been.

She has a lovely strong body, with a nice shoulder and delicious butt. I mean, cute butt. Aww heck, I mean sexy butt. She also has nice straight legs. I would like to see her hocks a little lower, but that is just nitpicking at the end of the day. Her neck is a bit thick, but that is going to be balanced by her thick body. It definitely looks like it is going to have a nice natural arch.
    10-12-2012, 08:10 AM
Spotted, Thank you! It's always interesting to hear about what others look for in horses!

Plains_Drifter, Thank you!

JustDressageIt, You are very kind, thanks!

I never saw her when she was 3 days - she was at a veterinary clinic, she was premature and born very sick. But she looked pretty nice when she was three months.

Chiilaa, I love her butt too. I hope she inherit her fathers lovely heart-shaped butt. And I prefer a thick neck.

I think that her back is a little bit long right now, but it will probably balance out once her front is the same height as her butt. She is also slightly bit cow-hocked, but not much, but her legs looked horrible when she was born, her front legs where extremely x-shaped, but now they look very nice! Perhaps her cow-hocked back legs will straighten out in time.
    10-12-2012, 08:30 AM
I agree with Spotted, general conformation. It's super tough to judge foals as so much is subject to change. I've seen foals that were stellar as weanlings and turned into trainwrecks and even more ugly ducklings that emerged amazing. My grandfather always went with guidelines similar to what JDI posted, look at them at 2 days, 2 weeks & 2 months - then don't look again until they are 2.

I really like your filly. If her dam & sire are any indication she will be a knockout!
    10-12-2012, 10:35 AM
If we are following the 3day/month/year rule, she was stunning at 3 months. While it is hard to tell what they will grow into, in your case you bred a very good mare, to a very good stallion, so in all likelyhood you will get a very good foal. She certainly looks great now, and with babies somtimes you just watch out for huge flaws, and judge by the sire and dam until it matures enough to decide.

I bought my filly based on attitude and her parents. Her sire and dam are gorgeous, and her attitude is amazing, but she was hideous(no terrible flaws, just thin necked and pot bellied) as a weanling, hide-her-behind-the-barn-quick ugly as a yearling, and just now really starting to look amazing, at 2.5.
    10-12-2012, 11:06 AM
She is beautiful to me!!!
    10-12-2012, 11:54 AM
Green Broke
I'm a fan of your mare-I think you made a nice choice in the stallion & the foal is very nice. I so hope you are planning on keeping her-it will be fun to watch her progress-training wise & color!

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