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        09-12-2011, 11:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Even on a buckskin? They're mainly on her neck and back area
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        09-13-2011, 12:17 AM
    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    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
        09-13-2011, 08:50 AM
    Green Broke
    What is parrot or monkey mouth by the way? What does it look like/is it obvious to see if your horse has that?
        09-13-2011, 08:52 AM
    Green Broke
    Never mind, I googled it and it's basically overbite (parrot) or underbite (monkey)...makes sense and I don't believe Sandie has either, but I'm curious now and going to check today! If she does it is VERY minute, but I don't believe she has them.

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