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        04-01-2013, 12:47 PM
    Me. I don't care what the horse looks like standing: I want to see how he moves.

    I have seen a couple of old (former) champion horses that looked like nothing when standing in the field, in fact one was a broken-down wreck. But when a rider got on either one, it was a magical transformation. Both those horses became poetry in motion.

    That's what I look for: how the horse moves. The other thing is a nice disposition.
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        04-01-2013, 02:16 PM
    While I do prefer a horse with an attractive head, being unattractive wouldn't turn me off if they were exactly what I wanted otherwise.

    For example, Bessie has probably the ugliest head I've ever seen on a horse; very large and coarse, moose-nosed, big ears that are perpetually hanging out to either side, etc.

    BUT, she's also got the most steady and calm temperament, which is a huge plus since the horse she gets worked with is a bit more fiery...even though he's much more beautiful.

    Truthfully, I'd take her and her ugly head before I'd take the gorgeous and hot tempered John if given the choice.
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        04-01-2013, 03:44 PM
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    See - here is a difference - I love her head! I find it very pretty. Just shows how beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
        04-01-2013, 03:53 PM
    Altho not my horse, he had a roman nose, ewe neck, coal shovel rump, big knees and hocks and pie plates for feet. He stood about 16.2. As Onuilmar says, ugly to look at but poety in motion. This horse I don't think put a foot on the ground as he seemed to float. It's amazing how a horse with so many conformation flaws could have such divine gaits - or were they flaws.

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