Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
^^^^this is key. no horse will be perfect. in order for the vet to answer this question, you need to be clear. for example, you could say:
"I want a jumper", which could mean anything from hopping over a few poles for fun, doing a few low level schooling shows, using the horse as a lesson horse or jumping competitively at a high level. a horse that would pass the tests for the former options may not pass the more rigorous tests for the latter option, it doesn't have to. If you said:
"I want a prospect for some low level hunter shows, maximum 2'6", but it will also be used as a trail horse" your vet would know that it needs a decent disposition and overall soundness, but a few minor conformation flaws wont make much of a difference.