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Which of these two warmblood foals do you like best, based on these pictures?

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        01-26-2013, 03:04 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Eek! I'm giving myself the weekend to think about all this one more time.
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        01-26-2013, 03:12 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Truthfully, unless the hernia was huge (which it isn't on either of those foals), it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me at all. Since it's such a common thing and is a pretty easy fix, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Get the foal you want, give it a year or 2 to see if it will close up on its own (sometimes they do, especially if they are small) and get it fixed if it doesn't. No problem at all.
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        01-26-2013, 04:39 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Both of them are VERY similar...I see straight shouldered and upright in both, neck similar length in both, safe with the back length and so on. The second one though....has some knee issues in one of the pics that has me concerned.
         
        01-26-2013, 10:34 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    When looking at foals the thing to remember is this:
    "Tops may come, but bottoms never!"

    This means the legs are what they are.. while the body may change a LOT. Look at the sire. Look at the dam. Look at ANY get that have. THEN make a decision on a foal. A sire or dam may show prepotency for certain traits (both good and bad).

    And unless you can do all this, you are better off buying a 2 year old.
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        01-28-2013, 06:52 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Elana    
    When looking at foals the thing to remember is this:
    "Tops may come, but bottoms never!"

    This means the legs are what they are.. while the body may change a LOT. Look at the sire. Look at the dam. Look at ANY get that have. THEN make a decision on a foal. A sire or dam may show prepotency for certain traits (both good and bad).

    And unless you can do all this, you are better off buying a 2 year old.
    Yay, I always love it when you start on a thread! I wish I knew you in person!

    I did look at bloodlines, it was all really decent on both the dam and sire's side... good showjumping performers.

    You know, I'm not looking for the next upper level money maker, just a horse that I can ride for the love of it for a very long time. I always say I want to start competing seriously, but I know I'm talking crap, because my life just isnt structured enough for that. I just ride because I love it.

    But nonetheless... I put in the offer and havent heard back yet. Everything will work out for the best.
         
        01-28-2013, 11:02 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I've always been curious about the process (decision-wise/reasoning/length of time before purchase after birth, etc...) of purchasing a foal rather than a "made horse" or even a 2-3 year old started youngster...

    Other than getting an equine companion which you hopefully will have for a very long time (you would OWN THAT HORSE basically from shortly after birth for the rest of it's life), what are the OTHER plusses or reasons behind doing things that way, when as elana said, so much is unknown?

    Wishing you the very best with the outcome on the offer you made as well as all other factors!!! Exciting time! :0)
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        01-28-2013, 11:08 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
    Both of them are VERY similar...I see straight shouldered and upright in both, neck similar length in both, safe with the back length and so on. The second one though....has some knee issues in one of the pics that has me concerned.
    I'm not seeing straight shoulder, I actually thought number 2 had quite a nice shoulder? Agree that number 2's legs are worrying
         
        01-28-2013, 03:36 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Okay, eyeballing the pix again. Does anyone else see what looks like a big knot on the front of the first colt's right knee? It has a dark splotch around it, which made me at first think it was a shadow, but for it to be there on both pictures makes me really wonder.
         
        01-28-2013, 04:35 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I didn't see it before, but now you mention it, what is that?
         
        01-28-2013, 04:56 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Have I ever said how much I love you guys?!
    Thanks for the sharp eyes, I will look into this.
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