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    07-01-2010, 12:11 PM
Conformation Game

I have textbooks and books and books, but I was wondering if anyone could help me with general conformation?

I'm thinking maybe like a game. Like..someone posts pictures and people try to list everything wrong? I think it'd be a good learning process for the people like me that can tell something's wrong but isn't smart enough to actually know what. ^^
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    07-01-2010, 12:55 PM
What an excellent idea. Conformation is something I wanna learn.

And here's something which I've heard conflicting things about. The height of the horses butt compared to the withers. I read on here that if the horse's hips are taller than the withers then the horse is a rough ride. But someone else, a horse person, told me a little while ago that when you choose a horse you want to find one with the butt higher than the withers.

Well I have a horse who's hips are lower than his withers and he's a smooth gaited horse. Then my cousins horse who has a taller butt than his withers is such a back breaking ride that I just stay off him. And my grandma told me she likes horses with an equal height of hips to withers.

But of course the horse person who told me to choose a horse with taller hips than withers couldn't give me a reason why that's important. He just said, "I dunno?".

I'll see if I can get a picture of my cousins horse some time today.

Any good internet sites I could look at to begin learning conformation?
    07-01-2010, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
I'd love it if this gets going, I really want to learn more!

Totalfreedom, I read (on these forums) that the slope of the shoulder affects the smoothness of the gait. A more upright shoulder means rougher, a more sloped shoulder equates to a smoother ride. This seems to hold true among my horses, the one with the most sloped shoulder (my mare Freyja) is the smoothest non-gaited horse I have ever rode!
    07-01-2010, 01:38 PM
Totally agree.

I don't think horses HERE. It may be insulting to the others.
However, I think if you look on classifieds (like small lame ones like Craigslist) it's easy to find horses with problems, especially the cheap ones.

But I just..hate not knowing it. X_x
    07-01-2010, 01:40 PM
Browsing Flash on deviantART

Its an actual conformation judging game :]
    07-01-2010, 01:48 PM
Oooh that is interesting.
    07-02-2010, 06:36 PM
Here's a couple pictures to get this thread moving.
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    07-02-2010, 06:52 PM
I think this might be a good idea though it would probably be better to post pictures of our own horses so that we are not just judging random other people's horses. If there is a pic on a conformation website or something similar, I think it would be okay but we should probably avoid a strangers personal pix.

Okay, TF. This is a good start. Would it be easier if we just did one horse at a time?

Sorrel: throatlatch seems a bit thick, neck might be just a hair long though it is hard to tell, shoulder is just a touch steep for my taste, kinda tall withers, his back kinda drops behind his withers, possibly from long years of heavy riding?, I like his back end and his legs look good, though his hocks are a little bit straight.

Bay: Kinda hard to judge from the position of the horse but it appears the back is a little bit long, his shoulder is just a touch steep too. Anything else is hard to guess just from his awkward position.

Okay, so how does this work now? Do I post a horse or do we wait for more people to comment on the ones above?

Also, if there is anyone interested in learning about conformation, here is a link to a good site on conformation and faults.
FAQ Conformation Index
    07-02-2010, 07:04 PM
Also, not to dredge up an old thread, but I did this one a while back. It has lots of good info in it.
Basics of horse conformation.
    07-02-2010, 07:06 PM
Green Broke
I agree that it's probably a better idea to post our own horses - as long as we can all agree to be thick skinned and not get overly concerned - keep in mind it's just a game and for educational purposes for all of us!

So tell me, something looks weird to me on the sorrel - the lower part of his hind legs/hooves. It might be an optical illusion due to the socks on back, his pasterns look good but the overall view looks weird to me. Yet I don't know exactly what is "off." Maybe it's just his rear hooves being a little long toed? Anyone see what I'm seeing and can explain?

The bay looks pretty good to me, other than being overweight, but it's hard to tell with the angle of the picture, the legs look short/out of balance with the body but I believe that's just foreshortening from the camera angle.

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