I thought that when I found the NH guy jumping the itty bitty weanling over a log that I had found the only such instance of that kind of moronic behavior on the Internet. I was wrong! An alert reader sent me this sale photo of a $7500 colt...born May 2007. That makes him 3 months old, or not even. The ad brags that "genetically he has the potential to be a GP Jumper." His genetics won't matter if you break him down at 3 months trying to make a "cool" sales video. By the way, he's in Tennessee. If the South would like me to stop making fun of it, it needs to exile a lot of its residents to Siberia, or at least keep them off the Internet.
Another baby massively overjumping a small X. Seriously, how is this supposed to prove future Olympic-level jumping talent? I've seen the same reaction - complete with tight knees and "round" appearance - from a great many horses upon being faced with their first obstacle. Once jumping became old hat, they quickly showed their true "level of talent" - complete with hanging knees, flat backs, and twisty hindquarters.
I like to point out the conformation flaws that will keep a horse from still being sound at 15, but the other element is related to work.
P.S. Fig, I'm still waiting for that list of names of addresses of people who are dying to provide good homes for some "Pasture Art." Feel free to post it to the comments, I am sure I am not the only one who would be happy to deliver some to them! You must have a handle on a whole world I don't know about, because in my world most people want riding horses, and in an economy where you can buy something rideable for $500, the unrideable "Pasture Art" barely stands a ghost of a chance of finding a safe place to call home. Hence the reason I harp nonstop on keeping horses sound and usable for life. Staying sound - at least sound enough for lessons and little ones - is the only "retirement plan" most horses will ever have.