Con­for­ma­tion Clinic

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Se­nior AQHA geld­ings.

Eval­u­ate and place these se­nior AQHA geld­ings. Then see how your choices com­pare to our ex­pert judge’s.

WHEN JUDG­ING hal­ter classes, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that con­for­ma­tion or phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance is the most im­por­tant cri­te­rion. When as­sess­ing con­for­ma­tion, I break it down into four cat­e­gories: balance, struc­tural cor­rect­ness, breed and sex char­ac­ter­is­tics, and de­gree of muscling. Balance is al­ways the most im­por­tant of the four cat­e­gories. Keep­ing that in mind, I then look at struc­tural cor­rect­ness, tak­ing into ac­count each in­di­vid­ual’s spe­cific traits, such as be­ing buck-kneed or calf-kneed, post-legged, etc. I then con­sider breed and sex char­ac­ter­is­tics. A horse should look like the breed he rep­re­sents, show­ing traits the breed is known for. Fi­nally, I com­pare muscling vol­ume and tone among the horses in the class. All these traits must be judged and in­ter­preted, and a con­clu­sion made from the avail­able in­for­ma­tion. As a judge, I must give my best expertise to the horses in front of me, whether they’re world cham­pi­ons or the hon­or­able aged geld­ings here.

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