As my other thread states I may be on the journey of becoming a first-time horse owner next year. I'm an Arts student and lover of research so I'm trying to absorb as much horse information as humanly possible over the summer - I think I might need a bigger bookcase :P You can never have too much knowledge!
I'm trying to learn how to tell if a horse has good conformation and what faults can cause what problems. Naturally if/when I go on the hunt for my first horse it'll be a good idea to visually pick out faults before I take the plunge and purchase...with my parent's money :P
What conformation faults would be a deal breaker? I'm not looking for the Super Ultimate Dream Horse that'll bring home ribbons in a halter class (is that the right competition that judges the horse's conformation?) but are there any particular faults that'll cause serious problems? Or would numerous minor faults be the biggest issue?
I have a feeling the legs are the most important part of a horse because they take the most battering over the years. Oh, and the back.
Thanks for all the advice you guys are giving me. You're all such a nice lot and I really do appreciate it :)