Originally Posted by LisaG
Attitude and ability (which I suppose is partly conformation).
I like a big, framey, horse that got a lot of depth and width to him with a good set of withers, big feet and decent bone. I don't really pay too much attention to the little technical things as far as confo goes, as long as their legs are straight, they are sound and I think they can handle work, that's all that really matters when I'm looking for a horse. As far as breeds go, quarter drafts are nice, of course I love a good foundation, or big boned QH, paints if they have decent feet. I typically stay away from gaited and Arabs. Arabs are just too small and gaited horses I can't stand to ride. As far as attitude goes, I want a colt that has some gas to him. I'd rather have a horse with too much go than too little. Lazy, deadheaded horses make getting work done really hard. I also like a horse that's just a tad bit spooky, or snorty. That means they are paying attention to what's going on. I find them a tad bit easier to train they tend to be a lot smarter. And a naturally cowy horse is fantastic. I wish every horse was that way, but unfortunately a lot aren't. It can be trained into them, it's a pain in the butt sometimes, but I don't just throw them away if they aren't naturally cowy. They learn, and they learn fast that the right way to work cow will end up in a whole lot less work for them. Hope this answers your questions! :)