I made about 35 stills from the videos I took (I took like 10 videos but didn't post them). Between my cowgirl "HA's," shaky camera work unimproved by the bay weanling running head first into me periodically & me calling
the big colt a "naughty little ****" not quite under my breath, I figured that this would serve better
Here's the link to them: http://s11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/danischi24/Horses/?action=view¤t=Snapshot725-02-201223-11.png
I'll post a few appetizers at the bottom though
I've been wanting someone to discuss my thoughts on these 2 colts with, but I'm years out the horse world now. Then I thought of the horse lovers at BYC so here's what I think:
We will call them 1 & 2. They are both 11 months old & stud colts to be kept entire as a pleasure/harness horse for me. Pleasure horse as in riding in the fields, small local shows etc. They are sired by two 16.3hh imported Friesian stallions. 1 is the bay tobiano half paint expected to be huge He has a friendly, good nature, a bit lazy but I think he will be fiery under saddle & smart. When average people see him, they will see a huge pinto which is not fashionable here like in the US.
2 is a black tobiano 3 quarters Friesian. He has better movement but it's from the knee & I grew up in the TB/WB/Sporthorse world so I just love the warmblood, sporty look of 1 even though his coloring isn't nearly as impressive as 2's.
1's coloring is saved for me by a lovely blaze & unusual markings from behind as well as solid colored mane & tail.
Coloring is very important to me in a pleasure horse as it just has to look good & do light work. Only soundness comes ahead. If I was looking for a competition horse, color would come last.
2 will be so flashy as a stallion. He will look almost pure Friesian & have those full white feathers & wither splashes. I really don't like his head though. It reminds me of a miniature horse in shape which I don't like in a horse stallion. He doesn't seem to be smart at all but is willing & gentle. He may be too quiet for me. I prefer my horses big & bold, not scrabbling like a crab.
I don't mind 1's head & it's nicely marked. I'm worried though that he might get too husky & lose his elegance. He's 11 months old & this is such a bad time to be judging stamp & proportions. My biggest worry on 1 is that he might mature to look common/crossbred instead of warmblood/sporthorse. Being a 50% cross, he doesn't have the pedigree for me to fall back on to know the build he will develop
2 will be predictably Friesian stamped, has better color & movement and will be a crowd wow'er. If only 2 was offered for sale, I'd snatch him up in a second but with 1 around, it's a more difficult decision. Opinions & rotten food(for boo'ing) are welcome to be thrown this way
Edited by danischi24 - 2/25/12 at 6:50pm