Originally Posted by Solon
I think that's a bit too general to say. I know a lot of people with drafts that haven't had issues. Poor conformation happens in every breed.
You're missing the point. A breed standard is what in a perfect world, putting form to function, what the animal should look like, how they should move ect to create uniformity in the breed. None of us have perfect horses but we need to know where they fall short and if it's something we can live with and that won't limit their usefullness in life. Probably none of the horses that are owned by individuals on this board put in an honest days work ever. They aren't going to break down to where the conformation issues take a toll but you've got to start at the top, know what the ideal is, and go down from there. You have to know what the ideal is and why it's important.
BTW did you take the opportunity to educate your friends at the fair and explain to them what they were looking at?