Aged Paint geldings.
WHEN ADDRESSING a horse’s form to function, balance is the most important criteria. He should divide into even thirds from shoulder to hip and be level from withers to the point of his croup. Depth of heartgirth compared to length of front leg is also a very important component; it should be approximately the same distance from his withers to the bottom of his heartgirth as from the bottom of his heartgirth to the ground for good heartlung capacity.
I’m looking for all horses to make good riding horses, and conformation is always part of that, but there are always exceptions. I’ve seen some horses with what are considered conformation flaws perform well as athletes.
When judging a live class, it helps to see the horses move and to walk all the way around them. Here I’ll base my decisions on the one angle I can see.
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