Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Markings don't matter nearly as much as a correctly built horse/pony. You can have a horse/pony with the prettiest markings EVER, but if it's a conformational train wreck, those pretty markings are just that: pretty decoration for a disaster.
Think of it like a car. If you've got a car that is a disaster--bad engine, bald tires, wrecked interior, dented and warped body, etc--the best/prettiest paint job in the world isn't going to make that car look or perform better. You'll still see all the dents, dings, warps, and problems. Conversely, you can have a car with a straight body (no damage at all), straight frame, sound engine and good interior, but the paint job is crappy (or non-existent, like with my Thunderbird) and it's still a great car.
A good judge does not take color into account when judging a horse (especially for halter/in-hand classes). The basic structure of the horse is what matters.
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