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post #1 of 16 Old 06-02-2020, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hoping For Some Help With a Foal Conformation Critique

Hey everyone, I’m hoping you can help me as I’m considering venturing into foal ownership and know nothing about what to look for- I’ve read up on it a bit, but don’t trust my eye with babies as I’ve never really judged them before and feel like I’m not able to be impartial- I just love her because she’s out of my heart horse- she’s out of my Registered Oldenburg Mare Regardez Moi (By Regardez- Han, out of an Old. Dam who’s name escapes me right now) and by Parcival-KWPN. I’ll post some pics of Dam, Stud and Baby Phoebe for you more experienced folks to critique.

(I hope I can upload the pics- it’s not giving me the option to post them on this page but I’ve never posted before, so we shall see)

I’m wondering if the patterns are too long and whether the legs are or are not straight 🥴 it doesn’t help that I don’t have a single picture yet where she’s standing normally- although I don’t know what to make of that because the other foal that was born the day before at the same barn with totally different bloodlines also seems like he’s never just standing normally 😆
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-02-2020, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the photos for reference!
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When was she born? It still looks like she is 'unfolding' from being inside of mom.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-03-2020, 12:17 AM
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My filly looked over at the knee for quite some time and her legs are perfectly straight now. It takes a while with some of them. The parents are really nice horses, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Wait until you see her as a yearling, you will really doubt yourself and then the next thing you know, they turn into beautiful horses.
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-03-2020, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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When was she born? It still looks like she is 'unfolding' from being inside of mom.
Hey, thanks for the reply! She was only 3 days old in these and I wondered the same thing about whether she was still unfolding, she’s a pretty leggy girl, so that would make sense! Mama is a big girl, about 17 h and the sire is 16.3.
Essentially because I know nothing of breeding and don’t have space where I am for a mama and baby, she’s out of province on 10 acres, but I only have photos to go on. The Covid travel restrictions mean that I can’t go see her but I have first rights to the foal, or the breeder is also happy to sell her if I decide she’s not for me. She is flexible on when I decide, but I want to be fair and give her a response sooner than later, as I know she would rather sell her early if I don’t keep her.
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My filly looked over at the knee for quite some time and her legs are perfectly straight now. It takes a while with some of them. The parents are really nice horses, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Wait until you see her as a yearling, you will really doubt yourself and then the next thing you know, they turn into beautiful horses.
Thank you for the reassurance! I am just in love with her, but want to make sure I don’t make an uninformed decision. It’s so hard to know how they will turn out and whether they will make it through life relatively unscathed- mama had some bad luck with a couple of injuries shortly after I got her and my previous horse did a high hind suspensory, not 3 months after I got him- vet recommended euthanasia because he didn’t think he would recover- but he did, it just took a year of diligence- unfortunately as soon as I got him rehabbed, he colicked and I lost him... so I’m Leary to Own again, especially a baby, but Having been able to breed for all of the things I wanted and have this beautiful little girl come out was pretty exciting- I just don’t want to be blinded by that excitement lol
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post #7 of 16 Old 06-03-2020, 01:08 PM
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One of those foals that makes me want to lift them by their back legs and give them a good shake to unfold them!

She will straighten out as she exercises.
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Excellent dressage bloodlines (if I could have any warmblood right now, I would want one with Rubinstein in the pedigree!). It's hard to judge babies because they are constantly growing and changing. I wouldn't get too caught up on her current conformation., she's been folded up for darn near close to a year and from what you said, she's going to be tall! Does she have a belly spot?
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-03-2020, 03:19 PM
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She is flexible on when I decide, but I want to be fair and give her a response sooner than later, as I know she would rather sell her early if I dont keep her.
Have you seen video of her at the walk, trot, and canter? What are your goals for the foal?

I like her, and I like her breeding. I'd keep her if I were willing to wait a few years to begin training and riding.

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I would be very pleased to have bred such a foal!

My mare always produced the ugliest of foals. They seemed to have big heads, short necks, ashoulders looked to be covering the lower part of the neck and enormous joints.

It looked like they had been carefully folded in the womb!

It took the first several weeks before he straightened out, the others not quite as long. Even with great movement, they were basically three before they grew into themselves and majority of people who saw them said, 'WOW!'

They were all ugly ducklings!
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