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    03-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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Facial characteristics of horses being a deal breaker.

While conformation plays a huge part in what a horse will be like under saddle, I pay as much attention to the facial features, if not more.

Pig eyed, axe headed, stupid silly bump, are all things that would be a deal breaker for me, no matter how good the body is.

Anyone else do this?
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    03-29-2013, 06:19 PM
Don't ride the head, but I do look for a big, kind, liquid eye.
    03-29-2013, 06:27 PM
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I actually cannot say that I have met a horse whom I'd call ugly by facial characteristics. And I have met many and various. Why, my own gelding was hammer headed and with particularly small eyes when I bought him - it wasn't really a concern for me, and I hadn't expected that to change when he matured - although it did. What I search for in a horse is character, willingness to cooperate and intelligence, along with conformational characteristics that make a horse fine for riding.
    03-29-2013, 06:28 PM
I look for big nostrils, big kind eye, and smaller slightly dished or refined head.

I do NOT like a domed forehead/hammer head.

^ This would be a deal breaker, posted on here in 09'!

Saranda, your boy has the MOST incredible facial expressions! I think he's UBER handsome!
    03-29-2013, 07:11 PM
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There are so many horses out there to choose from and since I have horses for my enjoyment - both riding and watching them in pasture - I prefer to spend money on ones that are appealing to my eyes. Not my first criteria on picking by any means, but still important.
    03-29-2013, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
I like a big kind eye, nicely set, small mouth, deep mouth, wide between jaws with ears set well.

And kind goes a long way.
    03-29-2013, 07:47 PM
Haha, I was thinking about this, this morning oddly enough but one of the many reasons I picked my filly for she has the white in her eyes... She seemed more, spunky to me.
    03-29-2013, 08:11 PM
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The only facial characteristic that might cause me to think twice is a very shallow palate, because it becomes very hard to bit them up sometimes.
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    03-29-2013, 08:42 PM
Large, dark, soft, intelligent eye, wide forehead, small muzzle, thick cheeks, rather small ears, seen from the side, straight or slightly concave profile. If I see a bump right below the eyes, I'll be gone. Every single horse I met which had that bump, was unpredictable.
Only exception profile wise is a standardbred. A standie may have a slight Roman nose and long ears
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    03-29-2013, 08:48 PM
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I'd rather have a pig eyed, axe headed, bumpy headed horse than a beautiful horse who'd like to kill every human in sight.

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