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post #1 of 33 Old 02-23-2014, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Would this young fellow be good as a future dressage prospect?

1 month old?

2 months

4 months old




I know he's young, but based on these (bad pictures where he isn't standing squarely ) - do you think he'd do good in dressage conformation-wise?

I'm a little concerned though.. he seems to love to jump


Sorry, they are not the best shots to judge on :/
I have some idea of his faults(upright pasterns?), but I'd like to hear some other opinions too.
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post #2 of 33 Old 02-23-2014, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Found a picture where he's sort-of standing on even ground
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post #3 of 33 Old 02-23-2014, 06:35 PM
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He seems very over at the knee in all of the photos but the one of him at 4 months. May be a concern but it may also mean that he is straightening out.
He looks like he should develope for the most part into a solid, handsome fellow, though.

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At this age it best to look at the parents in order to get an idea of how the foal will develop. What level dressage are you looking to do?
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I quite like him in the 4 month old photo. Though it looks like he'd make an awesome jumper lol. Any pictures of dam and sire? From the 4 month old picture I would say yes.
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I don't like how over at the knee he is at all in a couple of the photos. I don't know a lot about developing horses, though. Some other folks can comment more about whether or not that's something he may outgrow.
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I would not be allowing a foal to jump anything half that size as it is quite possible he'll do irrevocable damage before he gets as far as any 'career'.
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He is a foal. No idea how he will turn out. Over at the knee is not going to hurt him in dressage except maybe in the extensions. He will likely grow out of that.

What won't change are his legs. He is a bit tied in at the knee. I do not like the rounding on the front of his hock. His shoulder is pretty nice in this photo which may mean it becomes steep with the point of shoulder becoming lower with age. I don't know.. and you won't know.. until he is about 18 months to two years old. He looks like a draft cross of some sort.

Would love to see good photos of the sire and dam. That would tell a lot more.
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I would not be allowing a foal to jump anything half that size as it is quite possible he'll do irrevocable damage before he gets as far as any 'career'.
I agree loosie, that's a little scary
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I was under the impression that many horses are over at the knee when they are born, and it's something they grow out of?

Anyway, I'm with everyone else... What were mom and dad like? Were they Dressage mounts? So much can change about a baby when they are growing x.x
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