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So, my mom and I went to the Kiger Mustang adoption that took place in Burns, OR this weekend. We had our hearts set on a 2 yr bay colt... but he was bid way up to $3500. (This for an unhandled horse viewed only from a distance among several other horses and some pictures.)

We then took a gamble. We bought a yearling colt based almost entirely on the fact that he was leggier than most of the other yearlings and we want to see a bit more growth. It would be heavenly if he could achieve 15 hands or slightly above. Does that seem remotely likely being that he's 13.3 now and looking lanky?

Not to mention, there's the rest of his conformation to take into account. He looks pretty darn gangly now. It seems like he could use more bulk overall, but especially in his neck and hindquarters. What do you all think? Does this "ugly duckling" have the potential to transform into a swan? Tell me anything that strikes you about him, whether good, bad, or just interesting to think about. Thanks!!

Link to his pictures: https://www.blm.gov/adoptahorse/horse.php?horse_id=4574

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He has a really pretty face. :) I'm not an expert and I'm sure what to expect out of him growth wise, but he seems overly straight though his stifle and hock (not enough angle).
 

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^ agreed. VERY upright through the stifle and hock. I'd like a little more slope to the shoulder as well but it's not terrible. Cute face, nice colour. Unlikely, IMO, to reach 15hh.
 

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stunning face! good luck with him!! i want pictures of him all grown up later on!!
 

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I see the overly upright shoulder. The hock seems normal to me. I wish I could see more detail , such as feet, pasturns and such. I like the very wideset eyes. His face is lovely. I think he will be your hearthorse.
 

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Thanks for all of the compliments and the critique. He does have a very cute head and eye. It will be very interesting to see how he develops over the next couple of years. I probably will continue to take pictures and share them here periodically to see what everyone thinks as he grows up, especially in terms of whether certain issues might improve, worsen, or if new things come up.

He's coming home tonight! I'm fidgety to see him up close and personal (I've really only seen him at a distance and in pictures up until now). I want to start working on getting my hands on him and getting to know him, too.
 

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He is a total cutie! About him reaching 15hh: I got my Arab when he was 18 months and he was about 14hh. He is reaching 2 1/2 and he is now at about 15-15.1hh. So it is possible that he may reach 15hh.
 

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He's a cutie Patootie. Love his coloring! He may turn out to be a total super star...and may hit the 15 hh mark. Can't wait to see better pictures of him after he settles in and gets used to you handling him!
 

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i'd imagine he'll make 15hh. he may end up being a fun to saddle fit horse too given how wide some of them are. good luck! :)
 

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Wow, I love his color.. and that face! Omg so cute, love his expression. I hope you get some more pics when get comes home! I'd love to see more of him.
 

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The new colt has arrived! He came in with another mare that our friend adopted. The two of them were somewhat reluctant to get off the trailer and go into the strange unknown beyond, but they were soon happily munching on hay. As they were standing together, I noticed something that buffered my hopes of our colt growing. The mare our friend adopted is three years old and 15 hh. The colt was standing next to her while they ate, and his legs were just as long if not a smidge longer than hers. This gives me hope that when he grows into those lanky legs, he'll be at least 15 hh if not a bit more.
 

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He certainly has a beautiful face & a lovely expression. Not real fond of his front knees, but that could change. Love his coloring & he looks like he'll be pretty tall. do keep the pics coming!
 

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Wow, I browsed some of the others on the site and I think you got the
pick of the litter! Just check out how he's floating on the second pict
down, what a mover. I like his overall conformation, much better than
the others listed especially ones at other locations. His knees do look a
bit funny in the picts, but he may
grow into them or at least look a bit more balanced as he grows.
His head is just beautiful, neck nice and long, way to go!
Good luck, can't wait to see more home shots.
 

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Did you get a close up look at # 4717? What a beauty, not that he is perfect
just really impressive. I think I'm going to use him as my screen shot for a bit!
 

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I have always loved the Kigers. They are down right gorgeous! I don't know about how big he'll get. He is certainly all legs right now, but he's also evened out a good bit, makes me think his growth is slowing, but you never know. He certainly is a looker. Good luck with him!
 

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I got a rising two year old filly years ago (about 22 months old) and she was 14hh, maybe 14.1hh at most 14.2hh but I doubt it, she was pretty little, I thought she'd make 16hh. Anyway she's a good 16.3hh, possibly 17hh and she's huge! I don't really know how height ratios work but they can seemingly grow out of nowhere sometimes.
 
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