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        05-25-2009, 03:03 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Also, I am really not being rude with this next statement, just blunt. I personally don't think he would be a good quality producing stud. His confo is not terribly impressive and his bloodlines are not eye popping. There are so many really good studs out there with spectacular bloodlines. He may make a nice stud but I bet he would make a spectacular gelding. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion.
    I do agree with Smrobs here. He is a really cute horse, quite eye-catching because of his color and nice head, but I do not think he is stud quality either. There are too many QH stallions of every way shape and form.
    Since he already has a bit of a behavior problem, from what you have said, I would not want this trait passed on.

    Again, he is a lovely horse, but in my eyes not stud quality.
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        05-25-2009, 03:59 PM
    He is a very cute horse, and like the other comments, he's definitely a lot more downhill than I would like to see, but maybe he'll straighten out. Beautiful coloring, nice and leggy, of course I'm more of a Thoroughbred person, but especially with how down hill he is, I would honestly not keep him as a stud. I don't know because you haven't said, but if he's not at a big breeding barn, I don't see the value in keeping him a stallion. And I'd definitely wait another year before riding him very much if at all. Hope that all works out for you.
        05-30-2009, 12:52 AM
    More pictures

    Ok - got a few more photos. Still not the best as I have no one to help.
    I taped him and he is 16 hands at the rump and 15.2 at the withers. He turned 2yrs on March 15th.

    And since it is pic heavy anyway - here is one from just 5 months ago!! I cannot get over how much he has changed. And can't wait to see him when he is done.

    And one of the few I was able to obtain of him when he was younger with his sire, 22 yr old A Risky Business.

    I don't know how old the knee injury is on the sire, but I know it cut his career short.
        05-30-2009, 12:55 AM
    Green Broke
    I agree with the person above that said not stud material. He'll make a nice gelding. He's still young so he's got time to even out. He's butt high. And looks like he toes out in back. Pretty coloring.
        05-30-2009, 11:32 AM
    Green Broke
    I pretty much agree with everyone else. He's a real looker, but definitely not top notch stud quality. However, that's your perogative, he could even out a bit with age but I have my doubts he'll ever sire anything fantastic.

    Personally, I think he's FAR to immature to be ridden yet. I think if you're aiming him towards such a high stress event as barrel racing, you really need to take your time since his conformation is already working against him in that type of discipline. His pasterns concern me about holding up in high stress work, he looks much more pleasure type to me.

    He's a real cutie, I like his color, but I'd definitely take his conformation into account with plans of both barrel racing and breeding. From what I saw of his stud, he isn't coming off anything very impressive either. Good stallions make great geldings!
        05-30-2009, 04:50 PM
    Okay now that I see him squared up, I do think his pasterns are really quite long, creating an odd angle in his entire leg. See how he's standing under himself? His front pastern angles don't match his hinds.
    This might make him prone to injury, especially with a high-stress, high-impact sport like barrel racing.
        05-30-2009, 05:30 PM
    Green Broke
    Agreed with everything everyone else has said. He does seem pretty under himself. And downhillish.

    Very interesting color though!!
        05-31-2009, 01:31 AM
    Thanks everyone for the input.

    I will resume light saddle work soon - for those concerned, my babies are lightly ridden once weekly or less and for 20 or 30 minutes tops and primary goal is to build more on the flex and give exercises that I start on the ground rather than putting miles on them. After New Years I will lengthen his riding time to 30 or 60 min. And stay at once to twice weekly sessions, build on the foundation work I have done and start walking/trotting the pattern. Then, late summer or early fall, we will start exhibitioning at NBHA shows and see if we can get futurity ready for 2011. If by his fourth year he is showing that he will do well, but isn't ready for full out racing, I will hold off futurity shows until his fifth year. I should also know by late next year whether he has barrel racing potential, futurity potential or if he would excel at another field. If he continues his easy manageability, shows he can prove himself as a performance horse, and has matured evenly without any major faults, then I will leave him intact and promote him. If he fails miserably at proving himself he will be gelded.

    At present - he is finally getting some decent hoof growth and should have his heels up within the next 3 months, been moved out of the awful, tiny paddock that he has been stuck in for 2 months at the previous facility (that is a major vent topic there), and is getting the appropriate amount of feed for a growing boy (another major vent topic). Bless my new BO for working with us to get things set to rights. She told me today that she can't get over how sweet and non-studly he is and can see his body condition improving.

    Thanks again.
    Any other input is welcome!

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