Judge these junior Quarter Horse mares.
IN A CONFORMATION CLASS, I look at the horses’ profiles for an overall picture. I’m searching for the one that looks like everything fits together smoothly, rather than the one made up of random parts. I won’t talk myself into choosing one contender or out of choosing another. When I walk around a horse, I’m looking at structural components. A horse can have a minor fault such as a little more common head or a foot that turns out just a bit, and that won’t change my placing based on my original assessment of overall balance. Overall balance overrides small flaws, as we can see in this class of mares.
A major flaw, such as toeing out a lot, can take the best-balanced horse off the top of my list. However, I would take her only to the bottom of her grouping, not the bottom of the class. That means if there are three well-balanced horses in a class of eight, the best balanced with a major flaw would be placed third, not eighth.