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post #1 of 80 Old 06-18-2015, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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What do you think about this 9 month old Marwari colt

I have been thinking about buying an younger horse and came through this Marwari colt (It's an Indian breed, I'm in southern India). It's hard to get well cared, fed and trained older horses with good health here.
I'll be buying an older mare or gelding for riding and I've found a good, kind, natural trainer who will train this new colt when it's time.

Can you please look at the pics and videos and let me know if you see anything, good or bad.

Also, the seller is saying colt is shedding a lot now and new coat is coming darker and this will be jet black when fully grown. Do bays turn darker or lighter typically?


Thank you so much in advance!!
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Eeee, those ears!

Not sure the video of him rearing is a very good way of advertising him though!

He seem rather light boned, but from memory thats fairly standard in Marwaris. His pasterns look very long to me but, as far as I know, the rest of him is fairly decent, just a bit gangly.

He's cute :)
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Thanks for your update.
Yes, those years, that's the prominent characteristic of this breed.
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The rearing thing would turn me off. If you look at that last rear the colt is trying to come down on the handler.
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Is the rearing horse the colt? Or maybe the sire?

I think he'd be worth taking a look at and making a decision in person. :)

He's definitely adorable!!!
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Originally Posted by marwari View Post

Also, the seller is saying colt is shedding a lot now and new coat is coming darker and this will be jet black when fully grown. Do bays turn darker or lighter typically?

Is the horse bay or black? You can have a black horse that fades and looks bay or a bay horse that is so dark it looks black but fades to a lighter shade but they are not the same. Genetically a black and bay have the same base color (black) but the bay also has agouti present that restricts the black to the points (ear tips, mane, tail, legs). A bay can have a lighter or darker body. Typically the first shed is to a darker coat and later sheds are to the mature coat color which may stay dark or be lighter. If the horse is bay and has smutty also then the top (shoulders, neck and croup) may appear black but barrel may be lighter. If all of those are of the same horse then it looks like a black that faded. I would have guessed the first three were of one horse and the last another. With that much fade I would even go so far as to guess there is a cream gene present.

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the horse is being forced to rear. and it did not look like the bay, but a different hrose

the bay looks good to me. he looks like a pretty nice example of his breed, and seems to have a calm disposition , in the video on the left.

that rearing thing is BAD, BAD. a very bad thing to be teaching a hrose to do.
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Thank you all for your valuable posts.

I completely agree with you all on rearing, I don't like it. Having learned to ride in USA I feel it's one of the dangerous things horses do. Sadly they all train horses to do it. Even most of the buyers don't care if the horse backs up but they surely want to know and see if it can rear. That is the first pic they take and post (sitting on a rearing horse) on their facebook.

If there is one thing that I train out of him (if I buy), that would be it. He was pretty mellow and good with people. He let me pick up all his feet. He was raised like a family pet. The guys 3 year old daughter lead him around in the pasture like a puppy.

I've also felt the rearing video is a different horse. I've seen the horse today and he just sprayed water the colt looked black.

Does any one know or care about swirls? He has only one on the forehead white spot. Does it really matter or is it just superstitious?

Thank you.

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I'm not the best with conformation, so I normally just creep quietly and wait to see what others say. To me he looks like a good solid, very well balanced yearling. Maybe a little long in the pasterns?

And yes, if it's him rearing in that photo, I would say no. It might seem cute or cool to teach when they're young, but just imagine another 500+ lbs and a couple more inches in height doing that. Since it's clear that's being trained, it would be a difficult habit to untrain.
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Are you planning to geld him? Because a stallion that's been taught to rear is the most dangerous situation one can find oneself in. He seems to be nicely put together, love the ears by the way :)

As for swirls, nothing superstitious about it, merely a pattern of grow the in the hair coat. If you get him, most definitely work on training the rear out of him. Good luck.
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