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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
A lot of times critiquers aren't looking at the horse as just a low level jumper, but rather higher levels. Any horse can try, and any horse can improve, but every horse has it's limit and conformation plays a big role in how limited the animal will be. Granted, some horses have a LOT of heart and can make up for some of their conformation, but the way they are built plays a big part not just in how they perform NOW but also how long they will last in the future.
For example, I have a 5 year old mini mare. She has a TON of drive and loves to work, so I taught her to pull a cart. She loves it. However, her conformation is poor and she has a clubbed foot as well as a straight back, straight shoulder, and high croup. Those things don't hinder her ability to pull the cart, how much fun I have driving her, or how much she enjoys having a job, but they SIGNIFICANTLY affect how hard I can work her, how she looks under cart, how she looks when she's pulling the cart (she'd never make it as a cart show horse), and how much weight she can pull.
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