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Re: Advice on choosing a horse!

Posted by Woodchuck on August 30, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Advice on choosing a horse! posted by Bruce Kahl on August 30, 2002

: : : I am trying to trace the roots of the following traditional advice on choosing a horse and would be glad of any clues - thanks.

: : : One white foot, buy him;
: : : Two white feet, try him;
: : : Three white feet, look well about him;
: : : Four white feet, do without him.

: : I will check my references. But I'll bet you'd have better luck contacting the staff at Bloodhorse magazine. At the bottom of the magazine home page is a link to staff names and addresses. http://www.bloodhorse.com/ If you do ask and they have an answer, please let us know.

: Your posting is an old English/Irish proverb going way back but the link below is to a report by someone from the Department of Animal Science from the U of Colorado who states that there just might be some scientific evidence supporting the proverb.

Very interesting! A secondary reason to be wary of a piebald patch is it may betray an old injury. I had a chestnut mare with a piebald patch at the site of an old laceration.