Thank you Quixotic! That's the info I was looking for...scared to ask the vet about color testing because they'll tell me test for everything and I don't want to spend more than I have to...already plan to drop $300 in vet bills this Monday for a lameness exam and gelding him!
Even as a gangly yearling and having his feet corrected through farrier work, I don't think he's a train wreck of a conformational eyesore - I see what you mean about the underdeveloped neck compared to the rest of him but I think with increased living space and buddies to chase around, he'll even out a little. Scrawny neck is almost a must as a yearling! I think the slight cow hocked look is partly from no hoof care (trimming), partly from his age...we'll see how he develops. Either way, I'm excited! The sire and dam pics really don't do them justice...just caught them out in the paddocks! I reeeeeeeally like the dam, might've considered her instead if she weren't 12 years old and untrained!
I do think overall he's nicely put together. I don't know enough about Halter classes and what they involved, going to look into it more and same with Showmanship. Any information or ideas on this would be appreciated - not sure where to start! Will ask to borrow MM's SMS book
Have some new paddock pictures from yesterday but can't get them online until tomorrow...will post them in the pictures section though! Thanks!!!