Originally Posted by Eliz
Can you really judge a horse's jumping potential by just conformation photos??
Confo pictures are great, but you need to either see him moving about in person or a video of him doing flatwork and some jumping as well.
BUT you can extrapolate by his conformation what he would be good at, how far you can take him I.e if he's GP material or pleasure horse only, Conformation is ALL, heart is second. That is why there are horses that excel in certain arena's, dressage, jumping, eventing, racing. I mean seriously, have you ever seen them toss in a swaybacked knock knee'd, sickle hocked too over at the knee TB in with the rest of those beauties? No lol, because he won't make it his conformation will not allow it, his bones ligaments etc.. don't move the same way as a well conformed horse.
A horse that has bad conformation, WILL have ALOT of issues if he's being pushed to do something his build just wont allow.