Sorry if this isn't the right place, but I thought it related.
I was thinking about it and when I originally post pictures of my horse, Herbie, I receive some very unenthusiastic reviews, but when I posted more recent pictures, where he is in a lot better shape, and received much nicer comments. In fact, when first posted I believe I got a comment like "in all honesty, I don't like anything about his conformation". I will say that in my recent critique I did add undersaddle pictures, which is the area he really shines in, but what really changed? He is the same horse and his conformation is exactly the same, the only thing that changed is condition. So, I was wondering, how much does condition affect your ability to judge a horse's conformation? I know it affects my assessments a lot.
I've added pictures to show you an example. The first picture was the picture I added in my first critique a long time ago, the third picture was used in my most recent critique, and the second picture was taken somewhere in between (no critique on that one)