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    06-05-2012, 10:32 PM
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    06-05-2012, 10:39 PM
I did horse judging in HS. Took the team to state. One thing we were told, its not always about placing them right or wrong, but if you can give reasons to back up your placings!
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    06-09-2012, 06:02 PM
Anyone know if the newest pictures will be placed? Just curious to see what order the horses will end up in.
    06-12-2012, 05:05 PM
Hi, sorry it took me so long to respond!

Here's the placings:

First Place: 10 yr. Old QH/Paint mare

I like this mare's head, because it's short and broad with expressive eyes.
Her neck is a good length, and her shoulder is at a 45 degree angle. Her
withers are prominent and sloping, which is good.

Faults: straight pasterns; short & flat croup

Second Place: 8 yr. Old Paint mare

This mare's head is overall attractive, with small, neat ears and a clean,
chiseled appearance. Her neck is a good length and she has a deep
heartgirth, which allows for maximum intake of air. She has well-prominent
withers. Her pasterns are set at 45 degrees, which is preferable.

Faults: slightly steep shoulder angle; over at the knee; sickle hocked; short

Third Place: 5 yr. Old TB gelding

He has a clean head with chiseled ears and a clean throatlatch. His neck is
a little short for my preference, but he has a deep heartgirth and his
pasterns are set at a correct angle. His croup is relatively long and sloping.

Faults: built downhill; long in the face; pig eyed; steep shoulders

Fourth Place: 14 yr. Old Arabian mare

For an Arab, her head set and neck is of good quality. Her headset is
naturally high and tapering, and her neck is arched. Her shoulder and
pasterns are set at a 45 degree angle. She has a high tail set, which is
preferable in the Arabian breed.

Faults: large, unattractive ears; built downhill; croup is round, not flat
(which is "the flatter the better" desirable in the Arab breed);sickle hocked;
a little over at the knee?

If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free!

I'll include the grulla gelding in the next class, so I need 3 more horses...

    06-13-2012, 11:12 PM
Score! I'm in! LOL there are more pics of him on that thread if you need them/ would rather them. None of them are *great* conformation shots though.
    06-25-2012, 03:53 PM
On Friday I went to AASD (Area Animal Science Day) and got fifth in Horse Judging
    07-02-2012, 11:10 AM
Congrats! I was on the horse judging team in college back in the day. It was lots of fun and I really miss it. Also, judged a few 4-H horse judging competitions, too. I was super impressed with the kids.

If you keep up with it, a good tip for you is to add in comparisons to the other horses instead of talking about each as if they are separate. Remember, when judging a real class you are always comparing. And you need to make sure you talk most about the first place horse. Always think to yourself, why is this horse better then the one I placed under it. Also, make sure you add in characteristics to the breed and use the phrase "compared to the standard" because judging breeds in halter is all about comparing tot he standard for that breed. The judges want to know you know what the standards for each breed is.
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    07-16-2012, 05:16 PM
Hello again! On Thursday, I'm gonna' go to my 4-H County Fair and compete in the horse judging competition. I'm pumped! Wish me luck!!!
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