The purpose of the 4-H Horse project is to enable youth to develop life skill and develop knowledge about horses and the horse industry. Horse project life skills can include: leadership, initiative, self-reliance, sportsmanship, responsibility and compassion for animals and people.
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4-H Horse Judging Guide
The horse is an athlete and conformation judging must relate to performance, or way of going, and the ability of the horse to stay sound as an athlete. Many factors affect the way a horse moves, but none are more influential than conformation. Some real differences exist because of the specialized use of certain breeds, but the fundamentals of good conformation of excellent performance horses are strikingly similar in all breeds. Therefore, it is essential to understand the concepts of good conformation in order to be a good judge. As a judge, you must evaluate the whole horse as a unit and not dwell too much on very fine points, however important.
The most important considerations in judging horses are structural correctness, balance, muscling and type. Major characteristics of a structurally correct horse are long sloping shoulders; short, strong back; long underline; long, rather level croup; and straight legs.