I'm sure I'm not the only one who has difficultly understanding correct conformation, so I figured I'd post this thread. =] I try reading articles and things on the internet, but I find it all so confusing, and they don't have anywhere near enough pictures. So could you post good and/or bad conformation pictures, and explain what it is that makes it good or bad? Like the consequences of it? I would greatly appreciate all your input, I'd love to be able to understand it all. =D
Below are two horses. My four year old Appendix Quarter Horse, Image and another four year old Appendix Quarter Horse here for training, Melancholy. Or maybe the other way around, either way, theres two four year old Appendix Quarter Horses below :)
Don't worry about using fancy names for things right now. BUT tell me which one has good conformation, which one has poor conformation and what you see different in the two horses or simply point out some good and some bad.
You asked what makes it good or bad/"the consequences" of poor vrs good conformation. Which of the above two horses is most likely to excel in dressage, roping, halter or anything you choose? Which horse looks like it can carry more weight? Of the two, which horses gait would you guess to be smoother? If you saw these two horses in the pasture, both the same price, who would you choose and why? Even right down to which animal appears smarter and more spirited?