Originally Posted by lubylol
Blue eyed pony, the funny thing is...the first picture was Hickstead
wow, well it just goes to show you just how much the right amount of passion and heart can make up for less than ideal conformation. Conformationally Hickstead was not the greatest - not terrible, but not quite right for his discipline - and yet look at his performances.
IMO the horse's love of jumping is the most important part of the equation. Conformation is of course still important but you can't have a brilliant performer without the heart for it. Heart makes up for a huge amount whereas all the fantastic conformation in the world will never make up for a lack of heart. The love of it is what makes a good horse great.
You can have a horse that could jump the moon but just doesn't want to - that horse will never excel in the discipline, no matter how hard you try. Whereas you can also have a horse that isn't really physically ideal, but that wants to jump whatever you put in front of it, and THAT horse may go on to become a superstar, whereas the horse that doesn't want to do it will never succeed.