. I'm used to strictly QH and paints, and TBs are built a lot differently. I've heard a lot of different things about the breed, but I guess it just depends on the horse as an individual?
Every horse should be judged as a individual same as people...they/we are not all the same.
Basics of what you look for are the same regardless of "breed"...
Certain breeds have certain traits, but structural build is nearly the same for all.
Where you may get differences is if you want a barrel horse you search for particular things, a jumper again particular things. But basic good conformation is the same to all.
You need certain "markers" for a horse to be well put together, that is what does not
change no matter what breed you are looking at.
As for saying Thoroughbreds are built a lot differently... <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_neutral.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Neutral" class="inlineimg" />
I could put a registered Quarter Horse in front of you and you would swear its a Thoroughbred by looks...only "the papers" tell the difference.
I could also put a Thoroughbred in front of you and you would swear you are looking at a Paint or a Quarter Horse by "looks"....again "the papers" tell the difference.
Some horses are "typey", they just look and scream at you their bloodline and pedigree...
There though are so many that could be any breed as no longer are horses cookie cutter in looks...
You don't buy a horse because of its papers, you buy a horse because it is a good match for your abilities and a build that favors your riding discipline needs.
There is a saying...you can't ride papers
When you start to look seriously for purchasing a riding partner, look at the animal...ride the animal...make a partnership with the animal...then if it has papers great, if not...the needs of you the rider are met with your new partner regardless of having papers or not.
If you're not showing a specific breed show circuit or intending to breed, honestly the papers don't mean anything but a dust collector if you display them in a frame. jmo...
Don't get me wrong, papers are nice to have, but it would not
be a factor preventing a sale if the horse was grade and met my needs..actually, probably just saved me some $$.
<img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/runninghorse2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Runninghorse2" class="inlineimg" />... again, jmo...