QH's come with lots of different bloodlines and this is why they are such a versatile breed bc different builds can master different disciplines.
I suggest that you start by studying basic good conformation. Conformation of horse , horse and pony conformation explained
I used to enjoy "Conformation Clinic" in "Practical Horseman," and here is a link from "Horse and Rider." Test Your Eye for Horse Conformation I love the conformation clinic!!!I saw it before on the web...Although now it seems like they have the same horses over and over again so it isn't much fun...That is what we should have on here!!! PLEASE understand that it is MHO
that anything overdeveloped on any breed of horse may specialize that horse to a certain skill,
but it doesn't necessarily make a better athlete.
Since I want to sound like an "equal opportunity critic", LOL, I have never liked that breeders have put a little hoof on QH's,
who are often weightier than other "light" breeds of the same height.
I'm not sold on the overdeveloped butt, a recent phenomenon, as a conformation plus. Certainly, "Wimpy", the original QH sire didn't have this http://www.king-ranch.com/images/pho...er_horses1.jpg
yet he was a very balanced
horse, without extra high withers, and you can see that he could stride under very well.
Back legs that are too straight make for an uncomfortable ride.
If you search the Horse photos to see those QH's that you like, ask yourself WHAT it is that you like about their build.That's my problem...some horses really look good to me but I can't tell you why cuz I don't know...They just seem "put together" That is also why I wanted to know about the "butt" on the quarter horse, because I always thought they were bad... But they're not and I wanted to know why and what to look for in a good "butt"lol
"Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) was built downhill for racing (his grandsire was "Go Man Go", a QH racehorse) and he spent his life
wearing out his front legs, which, btw, were minus the characteristic bulging QH forearm:
He had a very nice slow trot, but had trouble balancing at the canter.
One more thing--look for legs where the toes point foreward and short cannon bones that help carry weight.
Just MHO's, folks--dont' throw that brick by your foot at me, pplllleeeeezzzz!!!!!
**Corporal runs for cover!!**