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    03-30-2013, 06:01 PM
I love big dark eyes. My boy has beautiful appy eyes... always kind of looks like he has human eyes to me. Love appy eyes! There are a few white horses I have known with the little pinkish eyes and I just can't see them as attractive. We like what we like. ANd to me, its all in the eyes!
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    03-30-2013, 06:11 PM
My first thing is ears. I cannot stand big ears and if they don't have tiny, tippy, tight set ears, I pass right then. If they can make it past the ear inspection, then I look at eyes/face. If they have a pretty face and big, soft eyes, we go to the neck. Nice shaped, well set on, ok, I'll go to the confo. I don't care how good the confo is or how good he is at a particular discipline, if the horse is so ugly I have to sneak up on him so he doesn't scare the water out of the bucket, I'll pass. I won't ride something I don't like the looks of. By the same token though, I won't buy something just for looks. I insist on the horse having it all. Looks and ability and Temperament trumps all of it. If he's gorgeous, talented and athletic and a foul tempered pig.......PASS. So, either they've got it all or I don't want any of it.
    03-30-2013, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Don't ride the head
Couldn't have said it much better.

Good personality/attitude, physically sound and capable to doing the job the way you need it done.

Color, expressions, etc.... are just things that might make a difference if all else was equal when selecting the horse.

But it's seldom that all else is equal. My youngest horse made my short list of 5 out of the many horses available to select from. Even then all things weren't equal and it was her chest (a tad larger than the other 4....yes, I can be that nick picky) with it's potential for building better lung capacity than the others that won her out. So even there, with 5 horses that measured up for what I wanted all things weren't equal with them.
    03-30-2013, 06:33 PM
There were some old time horsement who wouldn't chose a horse that's forehead whorl went in the opposite direction to what is commonly seen. It had been observed to be tied in to particularly undesirable traits.
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    03-31-2013, 12:05 AM
Interestingly, and please keep in mind that I do not now, nor have I ever (yet!!!) owned a horse that is simply MINE.., I do actually tend to like or prefer (for whatever that is worth) a face/head that is unusual looking!

Nothing about a horse's looks is going to make or break him/her for me (not speaking conformation, just color, "looks", things which won't effect performance or health, but are merely aesthetic in nature), facial or otherwise.

I do feel a kind eye can go a long way, but that doesn't mean the eye has to be large, brown, liquid looking...it can be blue with or without eyeliner, smaller yet open, observant, or just have a "look" in it that bespeaks kindness.

I'd have to see the face...I like a lot of white on the face, so that may seem fickle, but I feel it brings interest to the features...otherwise, so long as he/she is healthy, of a conformation not to cause problems for certain given the sort of riding I'm interested in doing, and fits ME size-wise (doesn't make me look too big or "too" puney--with my Über-short legs, it's nice if they are able to "drape" if even a bit, down horse's barrel, as to at least make it feel/and look, to some extent, that I can wrap my leg around the horse, if even somewhat (!), that is a nice thing!)

But if the horse and I connect, I feel it might make me a bit more partial to said horse if he did have a "less than gorgeous" head! That's probably weird, and may have something to do with my aptitude toward the underdog in all things...hmmm. Something to consider!
    03-31-2013, 02:17 AM
I don't mind a jug head, roman nose, whatever if it fits the body and neck its hanging on :)

I do have my preferences, I do like a horse with thin lips/small mouthed, they seem to be sensitive and light on the bit.
    03-31-2013, 02:33 AM
I honestly have never really said no to a horse specifically because of the face. Like Speed racer said, you don't ride the head.
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    03-31-2013, 02:46 AM
Pretty is as pretty does.
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    03-31-2013, 04:12 AM
We all saw what happened to the arabs when people begin breeding for a pretty head.
If this isn't true please correct me.
    03-31-2013, 05:16 AM
No one shoot me for this, but I have to say it - If you buy a horse for looks alone, does that mean that all the ugly horses out there should just be trashed? It's a very shallow way to look at a horse if you ask me. Sure, if you need a horse that looks good for shows etc, then it matters. But if you wouldn't buy a horse for pleasure riding just because it was 'ugly'...

Yeah, I'll leave it at that.
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