When most people set out to evaluate a horse, they hunt for faults. Instead, AQHA Judge Jim Heird, Ph.D. says to get into the habit of first looking for what’s good about the horse.
Before you can know what you don’t like, you have to firmly establish in your mind what you do like. Start by studying the breed ideal.
“Train yourself to find the horse that most closely resembles the breed ideal, with the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, movement and appropriate breed characteristics,” he says.