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post #21 of 26 Old 03-27-2009, 02:15 PM
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At his age, it's certainly a good time to set him up with a good trim regime and correct the toeing out. Could possibly be fixed with a single trim, as I agree, that I doubt he's had much if any attention yet. This is a good example why you should NEVER wait until they are a year old or more to trim them, if he'd been trimmed all along, he could have perfectly straight legs. That being said, his bones aren't done growing, so there's time to correct it. And, as was mentioned, he could also be standing funny for the picture, and the comment about youngsters toeing out with the funny grazing stance, points to keeping up regular trims when they are by momma's side, since ignoring them also can create a sort of club foot for some horses. Sorry to get on my soapbox and hyjack your thread!

Cute little colt, but if you're doubting it in your gut, then pass. There are plenty of horses out there, it's a buyers market and you can take your time to find the perfect match, without hurrying. If you saw him and liked him, and he's gone before you return, then he wasn't the right horse.
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post #22 of 26 Old 03-27-2009, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with everything posted. We're going to go take a look in the morning. I'm not hoping for much...but maybe we will be pleasantly surprised.
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-28-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Well...I was pleasantly surprised. The legs do not look to be toed out to me. They looked straight. The hooves are in need of attention...but the owner admitted that she has had trouble keeping a regular farrier to come to her place. So atleast she was honest about it. The sire is short and stocky...but I wonder if that has to do with him being a stallion. I've heard not gelding can stunt height growth. The dam is a good solid 16 hh...maybe 16.2. She had a pretty face. The "uncle" of the sire is a jumping horse...you can search youtube for Duncan APHA. Attached are pics of his dam (bay: Shez Somesecretary), sire (paint: Body Talk), and him when he was a few weeks old. He was born in June so even though he is a 2008 colt he's not even a yearling yet...which is why he's so small.

What does everybody think of breeding lines? Seems like the TB lines on his dams side are pretty good.

Anyway...I'm looking at a few more horses over the next few weeks and may be making my decision after Easter.
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post #24 of 26 Old 03-28-2009, 08:25 PM
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I really like the look for his sire, he is a very good looking horse. I do NOT like paints but he is a looker.

My vet has told me that yes, keeping them a stallion will cause them to be up to 4 inches shorter. If you geld before 10 months old they will be taller and finer.
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post #25 of 26 Old 03-28-2009, 09:27 PM
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Yup, testosterone causes the growth plates to "close" earlier so you usually get a shorter animal than you would have had if you gelded. Same thing with dogs & neutering. I like them both
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-28-2009, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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The only thing that worries me is that short looking neck and thick throat latch. The sire definitely has it and it looks like the colt has it too.
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