Evaluate and place these aged AQHA geldings. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge’s.
Aged Quarter Horse geldings.
WHEN JUDGING halter classes, it’s important to remember that conformation or physical appearance is the most important criteria. 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. I then look at structural correctness. After I assess balance and structure, I look at 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 of these traits must be judged and interpreted, and a conclusion made from the available information.
In a live class, I’d be able to walk around these horses and see them from both sides, as well as from front and back. In this photo class, we have three left-profile shots, and they aren’t all taken from exactly the same angle, but I’ll judge them on what I can see. At initial look, all three horses look fairly level from wither to hip, straight-legged, and I’ll assume sound. Now I’ll analyze them more thoroughly.
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