Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand View Post
Here's my other question...since she was a rescue and didn't have the best of care early on, she has quite a few scars which show up of course on her buckskin coat since her skin is black and those spots are hairless
Do you lose pts for scars and such?
As with any judged contest, judges have their own opinions and standards. The APHA rule book makes no specific mention of scars. Per the rule book wrt halter...
1. The judge shall make an individual examination for conformation defects, soundness and way of travel of each horse at the walk and jog-trot as it is led directly to and away from the judge and additionally the jog from a direct side angle. The judge may ask for any further individual examination he feels is needed. Any deviation from correct leg
conformation and way of going shall be penalized. The horse must
move straight and true. This is essential regardless of whether the competition indicated that it is necessary or not. The walk should be a natural flat-footed four beat gait. The walk must be alert, with a stride of
reasonable length for the size of the horse. The jog-trot should be
smooth, ground covering two beat diagonal gait. The jog-trot should
be square, balanced with straight forward movement of the feet.
2. The ideal standard in evaluating horses in halter classes should include,
but not limited to, a positive combination of balance, breed and
sex character, soundness and correctness of conformation, particularly
feet and legs, with emphasis on correct manner of travel and muscling.
The horse should be fourteen (14) hands or taller, and if a stallion two years-old and older, should have two testicles descended; that the
horse should not be gaited (rack or pace); that the biting surfaces of the
upper and lower incisors should touch (parrot mouth or monkey
mouth); and that horse should not exhibit any other physical unsoundness.
If any of the above undesirable conformation traits are exhibited,
the horse shall be heavily penalized, so as to not be placed
over a horse in a point-earning placing. Obvious lameness is cause for
disqualification. Lame horses should be excused fromthe ring prior to
final placing by the judge. Obvious lameness is:
a. Consistently observable at a trot under all circumstances.
b. Marked nodding, hitching or shortened stride.
c. Minimal weight-bearing in motion and/or at rest, and inability to