I won't buy an ugly horse. He must stand out in a crowd or I am not interested. I only buy arabs so how could I not have a pretty horse
I do not worry about how I turnout for a ride, my equipment is in perfect condition, functional from thousands of miles of use, well oiled and soft but color I could care less about. The horse is well groomed but other then a bridle path he is not trimmed.
Well shod, I hate half falling off shoes or bad shoing.
The most important thing is the way of going, how he handles things on the trial, on the roads and in general how he handles himself around people and other horses.
Standbreds are not pretty horses, they do not have the refined head, the heavier arched neck but they have a wonderful personallity, are brave to a fault and have a wonderful ground covering trot. All the things that make a great trail horse. Their fearlessness is what makes them great buggy horses for the amish, that and their trot.
I owned one in the mid 80's and she had everything the standbred should have. Also a great big heart.