Con­for­ma­tion Clinic: Aged Paint/Pinto mares.

Horse & Rider - - Table Of Contents - Cyndi Brown holds judg­ing cards with AQHA, APHA, NSBA, NRHA, NRCHA, ASHA, ARHA, and USEF, and has judged the All Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse Congress; APHA World Show; and AQHA Cham­pi­onships in Ger­many, Aus­tralia, and Ire­land. Brown has also been train­ing hors

When judg­ing con­for­ma­tion, I look for the per­fect horse for that breed type, so I need to know what’s ex­pected for that breed in terms of bal­ance and struc­tural cor­rect­ness. Of­fi­cial breed rule­books lay out those ex­pec­ta­tions.

Bal­ance is the most im­por­tant thing, no mat­ter the breed I judge. I’ll walk down a line of en­trants and profi le them fi rst for bal­ance, look­ing for skele­tal pro­por­tions. Sec­ond, I look for struc­tural cor­rect­ness, mak­ing sure their legs are straight or prop­erly an­gled where needed. Then I look at muscling for tone and even dis­tri­bu­tion through­out the body. Muscling doesn’t need to be huge, but ad­e­quate for the breed and the horse’s use. Fi­nally, I look for breed and sex char­ac­ter­is­tics, want­ing mares to look fem­i­nine, stal­lions to look mas­cu­line, and any rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a breed to look like that breed.

With a live class, I’d walk around the horses to eval­u­ate them from all an­gles and see them move. Here, I must judge based on only one an­gle, and no move­ment. I still look for over­all bal­ance first, though, fol­lowed by struc­tural cor­rect­ness as best I can see it, muscling, and breed and sex char­ac­ter­is­tics. →

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