Facial characteristics of horses being a deal breaker. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,860
• Horses: 3
Facial characteristics of horses being a deal breaker.

While conformation plays a huge part in what a horse will be like under saddle, I pay as much attention to the facial features, if not more.

Pig eyed, axe headed, stupid silly bump, are all things that would be a deal breaker for me, no matter how good the body is.

Anyone else do this?

Horses make me a better person.
Palomine is offline  
post #2 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 05:19 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,508
• Horses: 3
Don't ride the head, but I do look for a big, kind, liquid eye.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
Speed Racer is offline  
post #3 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 05:27 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Riga, Latvia
Posts: 5,800
• Horses: 1
I actually cannot say that I have met a horse whom I'd call ugly by facial characteristics. And I have met many and various. Why, my own gelding was hammer headed and with particularly small eyes when I bought him - it wasn't really a concern for me, and I hadn't expected that to change when he matured - although it did. What I search for in a horse is character, willingness to cooperate and intelligence, along with conformational characteristics that make a horse fine for riding.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
/James Wright/
Saranda is offline  
post #4 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 05:28 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,386
• Horses: 2
I look for big nostrils, big kind eye, and smaller slightly dished or refined head.

I do NOT like a domed forehead/hammer head.

^ This would be a deal breaker, posted on here in 09'!

Saranda, your boy has the MOST incredible facial expressions! I think he's UBER handsome!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?

Last edited by FlyGap; 03-29-2013 at 06:19 PM.
FlyGap is offline  
post #5 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 06:11 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
Posts: 2,723
• Horses: 4
There are so many horses out there to choose from and since I have horses for my enjoyment - both riding and watching them in pasture - I prefer to spend money on ones that are appealing to my eyes. Not my first criteria on picking by any means, but still important.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

Cat is offline  
post #6 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,860
• Horses: 3
I like a big kind eye, nicely set, small mouth, deep mouth, wide between jaws with ears set well.

And kind goes a long way.

Horses make me a better person.
Palomine is offline  
post #7 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 06:47 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Boulder, colorado
Posts: 899
• Horses: 3
Haha, I was thinking about this, this morning oddly enough but one of the many reasons I picked my filly for she has the white in her eyes... She seemed more, spunky to me.

life has no remote control hitch them up and drive them your self

Last edited by Ashleysmardigrasgirl; 03-29-2013 at 06:50 PM.
Ashleysmardigrasgirl is offline  
post #8 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 07:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Posts: 7,206
• Horses: 2
The only facial characteristic that might cause me to think twice is a very shallow palate, because it becomes very hard to bit them up sometimes.
Palomine and boots like this.

Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.
Endiku is offline  
post #9 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 07:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 5,801
• Horses: 0
Large, dark, soft, intelligent eye, wide forehead, small muzzle, thick cheeks, rather small ears, seen from the side, straight or slightly concave profile. If I see a bump right below the eyes, I'll be gone. Every single horse I met which had that bump, was unpredictable.
Only exception profile wise is a standardbred. A standie may have a slight Roman nose and long ears
Palomine likes this.
deserthorsewoman is offline  
post #10 of 44 Old 03-29-2013, 07:48 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 3,918
• Horses: 2
I'd rather have a pig eyed, axe headed, bumpy headed horse than a beautiful horse who'd like to kill every human in sight.
Delfina is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does my mare have appaloosa characteristics? smguidotti Horse Talk 2 11-10-2012 10:49 PM
Conformation faults that would be a deal breaker Gilly Horse Talk 20 11-15-2011 09:27 PM
If you could.... what would be a deal making/breaker? highlander Horses for Sale 11 02-04-2011 02:57 AM
Would arthritis be a deal breaker for buying an older horse? AlmostThere Horse Health 17 02-06-2010 04:10 PM
Your Breeds Original Characteristics LadyDreamer Horse Breeds 9 12-21-2008 12:52 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome