Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Neither here nor there
• Horses: 0
I don't think a single critiquer in here has ever said that conformation was the only thing that matters in a horses career. Of course heart and enjoyment for the sport are as important, and in some cases more important than a horse's build, otherwise all those million dollar yearling race horses with impeccable conformation for their sport would go on to be top winners, which of course is not the case. When you come on here we have just one thing (usually) to go on - a few still photos (often taken poorly - not specific to the OP). From that all we can assess is does the horse appear from these few photos to possess the desired traits for the OPs desired sport? Does this horse appear to have traits that are consistent with a successful and sound career? The internal qualities of heart, drive and try can not be assessed from a still photo.
No critique should ever be taken as 100% proof of anything. We also might say this horse (just an example, not OPs horse) has long pasterns and not suggest jumping - well you can find many long pasterned horses out there jumping and staying sound, but what you wont find at the shows (because they are home heeling or pasture ornament) are all the long pasterned horses that tore a suspensory ligament of have lameness from damage to those long pasterns. Will every long pasterned horse go lame - of course not! Is there an increased risk though- YES!! Should a horse be passed over because it has long pasterns and you want to jump? That is something that only you can decide.
Last edited by Tryst; 06-29-2013 at 09:55 AM.