Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I would have all the horses I have today.
All of them were bred for a reason, all bar one of them have champions and supreme champions in their blood lines as well as serious international level horses/ponies (pride is history unknown as he was bought in an auction but you can see the quality in him, he was not randomly bred). All of them are near as I can get to a perfect conformation, what faults they do have are very minor and only slight! (pride for example has a slightly long back, in a mare it would not be concidered as long, but for a gelding it is).
I do believe that you should only breed the very best of each breed and aim to produce top class horses, that way if you don't get the top class horse oyu want to breed, what you have bred is quite nice, will have good conformation and will have a good future.
Conformation is not just in the eye of the beholder, a poor conformation will affect action, soundness, longevity, chance of injury and ability to preform.
It is the main reason I will NEVER have a horse who is back at the knee as it puts massive strain on the tendons in the lower leg, can cause early artheritis in the knees and affect the action of the horse. The strain on the tendons makes them incredibly prone to tendon injuries.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT