Here's the scoop. I got my Colt about two months ago. I love him to pieces, and he is a great little guy. He is going to make a fabulous horse.
However, I don't think he is going to get very big at all. I was hoping he'd be in the 15h range since his Sire is pretty big, but I started talking to the owner of his champion sire and she said from looking at the pictures, he doesn't look like he's going to get bigger than 14h, around the same height as his mother.
Another thing is, he will be a yearling in June. I want to do Eventing with him, but that is going to be a good solid three years before I can even contemplate doing it. Granted, I know there is a lot of training before then. I realize this, he isn't the first baby I've worked with.
A friend of my Trainers has a 17h Clydesdale X Thoroughbred cross, said he is absolutely gorgeous, but only 4 years old. A trade might be possible, with some money on top from my end.
My colt comes from good lines, and he's already showing what a good natured boy he is.
Here are pictures of my colt. Please tell me what you think. I have not gone to look at the gelding yet, we are going this week. Obviously, if he isn't all he's made out to be then there will be no trade.
But if I do like him, I feel very awful for turning my colt over so fast to someone else. I want to make sure he goes to a good home, because he really is a very nice little boy. I just am not sure I want to keep spending $250 a month for three years until I can actually do what I'd like with him. If I had my own land, it would be different, I would keep him for sure.
And please don't tell me I should have thought about this before. I did. I put a lot of thought into this little man. But I essentially got him for free, and I was saving him from the environment he had been in. He was skinny and WAY underfed when I brought him home. I have heard stories of where he came from, but I don't want to share for privacy issues. He needed a good home, and I felt compelled to save him because he IS going
to make a nice horse one day. He shouldn't have to sit and rot in a barn.
If I can't trade him, then I will keep him. I've already put a lot of work into him. Its not that I'm trying to get rid of him. I enjoy him very much. But if I can and I know he's going to go to a good home, then I will let him go.
I know its hard to judge babies, but please tell me what stands out to you.
How tall do you estimate him to be? When this picture was taken he was 9 months old, going on 10 months.
Now, here is a comparison. The first two pics is him now. The second one is the day I brought him home.
I think he looks much healthier and happier. You can't feel his ribs anymore, either. He is finally starting to get a belly.