Originally Posted by mayfieldk
I'm going to get LAUNCHED on, but.
I think for the most part, nowadays, judges don't really judge color.
It's just that the colored horses aren't always as good.
If there's a class of 30 horses and 7 colored horses and NONE of them were that good, the judge shouldn't and won't place him. But now he 'doesn't like color'. You also have to realize that in a sea of bay, you stand out. Which means EVERY mistake you make will be seen and accounted for.
I think the color thing is old and done with for the most part. It's just that the top trainers aren't picking colored horses, so MOST of the best-trained horses... are still bays. Lol
I actually totally agree with that, it seems more like the competitors have more of a problem with breed and color. People don't tend to train paints and appies for hunter, but when I see one my generally reaction is 'what is that'. I've heard many hunter riders comment of ugly qh/paints/appies/arabians at shows. Although, I do like paints...
I've only seen a couple of single dilutes in the ring and many of them weren't as pretty or go around as well. My friend's horse almost always placed, but he was super fancy and had a fantastic tuck.