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        02-16-2011, 12:01 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Long backed horses(huge lack of balance and uncomfortable to ride), and horses that do not have sufficient muscling, unless that isn't part of the breed standards (IE: arabians)
         
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        02-16-2011, 12:03 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Large hooves are usually healthy hooves! Give me large hooves over dinky hooves any day.

    I don't much care for ewe necks either, although for my purpose (trail riding) I doubt it would be a huge deal.

    I like I nice facial expression and attractive eyes on a horse, even though you really don't ride the head.

    Pasterns, well, I really don't get excited about them one way or another unless they are too upright. I don't want a horse to ride like a jackhammer! Bad for their legs, not to mention my back. My mare probably has pasterns that slope a little too much, but I would rather have too much slope than too little. Ideally they would be somewhere in between.

    It's funny this subject came up, because I was just talking about this to a friend the other day. About how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and how often times what one person values in a horse isn't what another person values in a horse. For the most part, everyone can agree we want a sound, healthy horse, but what a person wants for showing may not be what we want for trails, and what a person wants for one discipline isn't desired in another. A horse can be practically perfect for one person's ideals, and another person wouldn't even consider it. Interesting to think about!
         
        02-16-2011, 12:34 AM
      #13
    Started
    I definitely don't like any sort of conformational fault that affects the soundness or abilities of the horse. Too small of feet or too long of feet bug me. I hate seeing the halter horses with massive bodies and tiny tea cup feet, and I hate seeing the saddlebreds, or park pleasure Arabians with long feet, purposely shod that way to accentuate the movement of the horse. I don't like downhill horses, though my Arab is definitely a bit downhill, though you would never be able to tell while on her. She definitely doesn't move like she's build downhill, but most that are downhill do. There's a Shire at the barn, who's got pig eyes, and its totally unattractive. Definitely more cosmetic than anything, but he's just got the ginormous head, and tiny eyes. One is definitely a bit smaller than the other too. Definitely not something I'd want.
         
        02-16-2011, 12:44 AM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    Ewe necks!
         
        02-16-2011, 01:20 AM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    The conformation fault that bothers me the most is that "no butt" look that a lot of BYB Arabians have. I just hate it. I think it adds to the stereotype that Arabians aren't good for anything except for looking nice since it removes "the engine" from the horse. I LOVE Arabs with junk in their trunk, like Lacey. But butt-less "wonders" make me want to go slap someone.
    And, I suppose it's not only Arabs that have that fault, I've just seen it the most regularly in Arabs.

    I also hate ewe necks and necks that are set on too high, but I can get over them. I also dislike weak loin connections that make a short-backed horse look long/sway backed (Lacey is like this and it drives me nuts).

    I also really dislike "jugheads". I feel that they just ruin a horse's appearance, even if the horse is perfectly conformed otherwise.

    /rant

         
        02-16-2011, 01:25 AM
      #16
    Showing
    Oh, I hate pig eyes. Koda has every facial flaw that I don't like in a horse; big ears, pig eyes, and a moose nose all on a ginormous head. LOL

    I just thought of another one. An extremely high tail set. I grew up with good quality stock horses with those low set tails and when I see a horse that has a tail set nearly up on top of their rump, it just looks wrong. I know it's a lot more common in certain breeds like Arabs, but I still don't like it.
         
        02-16-2011, 01:31 AM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    

    I just thought of another one. An extremely high tail set. I grew up with good quality stock horses with those low set tails and when I see a horse that has a tail set nearly up on top of their rump, it just looks wrong. I know it's a lot more common in certain breeds like Arabs, but I still don't like it.
    Lacey totally has one of those. However, I like to think she works it, it somehow completes her "junk in the trunk" look. Is it weird that I think of Lacey being like an African American lady who religiously wears AppleBottom jeans to make her booteh look good (in a totally non-offensive way, of course)? LOL!

    However, buttless Arabs with super high tailsets? OMG. You just added another one to my list. Or, stock breeds with high tail sets. That also drives me crazy.
         
        02-16-2011, 04:24 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Horses with really long heads...Ugh not nice.! And long skinny necks..
         
        02-16-2011, 07:15 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I just don't like horses that are spindly with naturally little muscle in the butt and shoulders. I love horses who are real stocky and no matter what size look like they could easily carry someone's weight.
         
        02-16-2011, 07:23 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    The conformation fault that bothers me the most is that "no butt" look that a lot of BYB Arabians have. I just hate it. I think it adds to the stereotype that Arabians aren't good for anything except for looking nice since it removes "the engine" from the horse. I LOVE Arabs with junk in their trunk, like Lacey. But butt-less "wonders" make me want to go slap someone.
    And, I suppose it's not only Arabs that have that fault, I've just seen it the most regularly in Arabs.
    My old BOs BYB their Arabians to look like that. I never said anything of course, but they were fugly little things. Their behinds looked like triangles. Their stud had nothing in terms of "horse butts". I love horse butts. In fact, Abby's fat behind was the background on my phone for a while. Haha. Lacey has the best Arabian booty.
         

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