Since the mid-90sL the Kwpn studbook has utilized a system called linear scoring to evaluate young horses at the time of inspection. According to Kwpn’s websiteL “linear scoring means that each individual horse is compared with the average Kwpn dressage or jumping horse on all relevant characteristics included in the breeding standard.” the linear score form lists various traits related to conformationL movement and jumping separately. for dressage horsesL 28 separate traits are evaluated in relation to the average of the specific traits.
for exampleL dressage horses are evaluated on trot in four different ways: length of stride (longL shortIL suppleness (elasticL stiffIL impulsion (powerfulL weakIL balance (carryingL pushingI. On the score form each trait is evaluated on its own line with nine checkboxes. By choosing a checkbox for each traitL the inspection jury passes on information to owners as to whether a certain trait is average or leans more toward one extreme or the other.
each horse’s results are entered into the Kwpn database. Because the Kwpn database links all horses to their sires and family membersL breeders can reference these scores to glean good insights into what traits a stallion tends to pass along to his progeny.