Spin off -- Bringing foals to inspections? Yes or no?
This is in no way meant to be inconsiderate of Siegi's tragic loss of her spectacular filly, Hollywood. But I wanted to initiate a discussion about the pros and cons of bringing foals to inspections/keurings. Basically, the question I'm posing is, "Is it worth it"? Because I've seen conversations on COTH that indicate that foals who score high as weanlings don't necessarily grow up to be high scoring at their studbook inspections. I "get" that a high scoring foal brings prestige onto the breeder and the foal itself -- and indicates that it is of the best quality. This obviously is an advantage for those breeders who tend to sell their youngsters as weanlings. But for those who sell their youngsters as started greenies or even later, is it worth the risk of injury (or worse) to haul babies long distance to keurings? Siegi suffered the worst of losses, but I know someone who had a very valuable foal get injured in the trailer on the way to the keuring that negatively affected the foal's value permanently. That person no longer brings foals to inspections, and chooses to only bring 3-year-olds to their studbook inspection.
Do the positives outweigh the negatives of hauling foals to inspections/keurings?