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    03-29-2013, 08:59 PM
  #11
Yearling
My colt is pig eyed. Pretty little head though. I like a pretty horse as much as anyone, but pretty doesn't always mean fast. My pig eyed colt is one of the most athletic horses I've ever owned. My moms mare has a big ugly head with a bump going down it, awesome barrel horse. Great kids horse. I don't pick a horse for its head.
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    03-29-2013, 09:43 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I wouldn't consciously judge a horses face but it certainly would affect my overall impression of a horse. I wouldn't look specifically for looks but I would not buy a horse I did not like.
     
    03-29-2013, 09:56 PM
  #13
Cat
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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.
Why settle for either? So many horses out there you can find something you like the look of that is also sane.

I don't have a list of preferences. I find beauty in most horse heads but there are the occasional ones that I can't help thinking that's unfortunate and they are ones I am likely to pass up.
     
    03-29-2013, 11:39 PM
  #14
Yearling
Both of my horses have eyes that are smaller than average/ pig eyes. I'd attach pictures of their heads, but for some reason, my internet won't let me...
They are both intelligent, sweet as can be, the whole shebang. None of the things I have heard about characteristics of horses with pig eyes are true with them. I haven't noticed any form of impaired eyesight either...
Don't get me wrong, I love a well-formed head, with good proportions, large, open nostrils, a nice, big, kind eye, wide forehead, and (personal preference) refined, dry bone. But 'flaws' like small eyes, big ears, a bumpy head, etc. would not necessarily be automatic deal breakers for me, if the horse has more to offer. If I couldn't find a horse with function and beauty, I would rather at least have function.
One thing I am interested in is having someone 'read' their faces, though. I would just like to see if what is said matches up with their actual personalities.
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    03-30-2013, 08:13 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
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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    03-30-2013, 12:53 PM
  #16
Started
When I bought Candy she had a little bit of pinched pig eyes, but now her eyes have opened up and gotten a kinder liquid type. Only 8 months.
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    03-30-2013, 02:47 PM
  #17
Green Broke
My gelding has a cute face but one side is funky looking as if he had that side kicked or beat in so his eye looks smaller, lower and more sunk in. He also has a bump that looks like someone put a hack on him and yanked him around. Yet he is smart, willing and extremely trusting. I like a pretty head but it isn't top of my list by any means. I've seen some ugly headed horses that were absolutely amazing.
     
    03-30-2013, 02:50 PM
  #18
Yearling
I like a pretty head and I do make decisions based on the eyes.....but I'm a sucker for a big beautiful roman nose.
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    03-30-2013, 02:50 PM
  #19
Weanling
Just as in humans, I don't believe in any colleration between facial features and personality/temperament. Because of that, its the next to last thing I would judge a good horse on.
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    03-30-2013, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Cat    
Why settle for either? So many horses out there you can find something you like the look of that is also sane.

I don't have a list of preferences. I find beauty in most horse heads but there are the occasional ones that I can't help thinking that's unfortunate and they are ones I am likely to pass up.
Whose to say it's "settling"? An utterly fabulous horse with a wonky head is bound to be cheaper.... as long as it's nothing that will cause any sort of medical issues, I would be head over heels to pay less because he's not "perfect".

Now if I was shopping for a halter horse, I would feel differently but I'm not. I want a safe, sound, well-trained riding horse and I'm not riding their looks!
     

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