Originally Posted by MsBHavin
Could you just explain to me, in laymans terms, what the breed standard is. I looked it over and still don't get the collection of horses posted in this thread.
Ok. I'm not sure how to clarify it much more, as the written one on the page is pretty straightforward, but I'll try.
Height is pretty self-explanatory, as is color.
The neck and head have to be within the parameters written (ratios)
The body is to be broad (think small draft). The back should be roughly 1/3 of the body length.
Large/fine ears (relative to head size -- NOT mule ears but at least not Arab-y in appearance)
Shoulder and hip angles and size are written pretty much verbatim in the standard.
Legs -- as with (I would hope) any breed, post legs, cow hocks, pigeon toes, etc......are faults.
Feet must be appropriate to horse size (none of the little "QH" size 0 feet)
The horses considered for foundation will NOT (repeat NOT) fit this standard to 100%. They will be within 70% of ideal and this is strictly due to the fact that there are very few draft breeds that have the absolute correct conformation. Most drafts are bred for hitch, these are bred to be all-around horses with an emphasis on ridability. SDHR Breed Standard
There's the link to the breed standard if anyone should want to take a look.
The final type will not be as diverse in body style, nor will we end up being like the AQHA where, as was stated before, you have a huge division of types -- from your 14h cutter to your 17h hunter and everything in between.