Originally Posted by rhosroyalvelvet
How did they tell if a horse had good conformation or not before computors were invented? They studied the structor of a horses body they found out what parts did what and what shape they should be to be used to there full potential. They combined that knowledge with what shapes were pleasing to the eye and that's how they judged conformation. They used there knowledge and that's how they judged conformation.
The way that they used to judge horses (before computers and the internet) was in the flesh! They saw them in real life, saw them move, how they used themselves, how the angles came together to create the whole. They didn't have a few still photos to assess a horse from, and certainly in the flash is still a better way to judge conformation. Always better to see the real thing! Those of us that have looked at a lot of horses have seen horses that move better than their structure looks like it should allow and the opposite, horses that standing still look very good, but don't move or use themselves as expected. Yes, there are things that can be told from these photos, however camera angle may be distorting them. A shoulder can look too upright when the horse is pointed toward the camera, but actually be decently laid back when a photo is taken at the correct angle, for example. A horse can stand cow hocked in one photo, but that not be its normal stance. A yes, a critique CAN be made from poor quality photos, and some of it might even be accurate, but just as much may be inaccurate because of angle, camera distortion or the way that a horse is standing at that particular moment. I guarantee no magazine would use a photo like one of these for its conformation critique section because too many things are vague or difficult to gauge due to the angle of the photo and leaves the critiquer only the ability to guess about them. So in the case that we don't have the real horse, in the flesh, a "good" conformation photo, where the horse is set parallel to the camera and fairly square leaves us with the least amount of guessing.