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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I have to dissagree a bit in that I really don't think that conformation has so much to do with a horse's workability as many people think.Yes, it is always better, and in the long run safer to have a well conformed horse- especially for joint-stressful competitions, but for your average trail horse who is going to be hopping a few longs, splashing in some streams, and w/t/c along the trails, non-ideal conformation doesn't always play a huge part. I've known quite a few beautifully conformed horses to break down for no apparent reason at young ages, and I've seen horses who look like preztels who are somehow able to faithfully carry their rider through thick and thin for years.
What I'm trying to say is that while I would never recommend a completely ill-formed horse to even a trail rider, I really don't think that posty legs, strange toplines, or really even minor cowhocks/pigeon toedness affect a horse enough to be considered 'not good enough.'
That being said though, Hatter- he's a nice looking boy! And 17hh? Goodness, that's a big boy. I agree that his withers are a bit too prominent (most likely just age) and his legs are rather posty (seen often in appies and paints) but he's overall not hard on the eyes, and he obviously can do his job!
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