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post #31 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 08:34 AM
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The only viewing angle that matters to me:

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post #32 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 10:17 AM
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The only viewing angle that matters to me:

Ha, Tarpan, that is awesome! Yep, I tend to agree, for the non-showing horse, who cares?! My horse does happen to be a pretty little buttermilk buckskin, but I didn't get her for her looks, there was that obnoxious connection thing and we got along so great, lol. And she of course did have the wonderful and forgiving personality as well, or I would have walked away from the connection still. My husband's gelding... he is a big rather dopey mustang... he has a rather large head, and his jaw is wide enough that we had to use a dog collar as the chinstrap for his hackamore, as the strap it came with and the chain one we had didn't fit, lol. And he is built like a dopey looking tank with serving platters for feet. But what a good boy he is!! :P
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post #33 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 10:57 AM
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No one shoot me for this, but I have to say it - If you buy a horse for looks alone, does that mean that all the ugly horses out there should just be trashed? It's a very shallow way to look at a horse if you ask me. Sure, if you need a horse that looks good for shows etc, then it matters. But if you wouldn't buy a horse for pleasure riding just because it was 'ugly'...

Yeah, I'll leave it at that.
I don't think anyone here said they buy for looks alone. In fact, I think for most its not even one of the top criteria, but with all the available horses out there - looks do end up playing a factor for a lot of people - even the ones that don't admit it. I know in my case I get horses for my all around enjoyment because I'm not up on their back all of the time and I do spend a lot of time with them on the ground or enjoying watching them out in the field. I would like something out there pleasing to my eye. My horses won't win beauty competitions but they are pleasing to me.

And another thing to keep in mind - look at the different responses of what people think are "pretty" features. It varies between people. So a head I don't like someone else may think is nice. Some people don't mind a pig eye and some like roman noses while others prefer dishing. And some horses just fall into "they are so ugly they are cute" category. We all have different preferences - why is that so wrong?

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post #34 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 12:18 PM
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No one shoot me for this, but I have to say it - If you buy a horse for looks alone, does that mean that all the ugly horses out there should just be trashed? It's a very shallow way to look at a horse if you ask me. Sure, if you need a horse that looks good for shows etc, then it matters. But if you wouldn't buy a horse for pleasure riding just because it was 'ugly'...

Yeah, I'll leave it at that.
I don't feel any horse needs to be "trashed" as you put it. But for me, if I'm going to spend good money on buying it, vetting it, feeding it, showing it and spend the next 10,15,20,25 years caring for it, it's going to be everything I want, or I won't buy. Especially right now, there are so many horses available, I won't take one if it isn't exactly what I want. And just because a horse doesn't fit MY criteria, doesn't mean he isn't the perfect soul mate for someone else.
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post #35 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 04:08 PM
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Wow. my friends teased me because I had a color preference while buying.... on another note... My last QH had a giant scar on her forehead between her eyes where she had gotten kicked in the face. I bought her a few weeks after it happened and the whole first year it kept reopening out in the pasture. Eventually we got it to almost heal, there is even a little hair growing over it now. She was an amazing horse, one of the ones you regret selling, and I could never imagine passing her up because she was a little less pretty because of an accident.
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post #36 of 44 Old 03-31-2013, 05:37 PM
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I had honestly never thought of it like that! But now that I have my own horse, I just feel like her facial markings make up such a part of her, so unique and beautiful, and I truly treasure both her external and internal beauties.
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post #37 of 44 Old 04-01-2013, 12:48 AM
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As a rider who is getting more and more into showing, I feel I do, to some extent, ride the head.
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post #38 of 44 Old 04-01-2013, 08:52 AM
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As a rider who is getting more and more into showing, I feel I do, to some extent, ride the head.
I don't know personally, but I assume with showing you do have to account for the whole horse... understandable, as it is what it is right? It's okay, the rest of us will get the goofy headed sweet-hearted ones.. :)
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I guess I judge on EXPRESSION. I like to say that I like a pretty head, but I've owned now two horses with VERY PLAIN heads .. by most standards. The one gelding had THE MOST expression of any horse I've ever known .. was my first heart horse and was PTS in /94 at 31 years old.

The other is my current coming 3-year old QH gelding. Plain plain plain headed .. but the kindest gentlest eye (and attitude) .. I REALLY look forward to getting to REALLY work with this little guy ..

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