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#1 Gypsylove

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:47 PM

I don't know the halter world well enough... if your horse had a noticeable scar from an old injury, does that disqualify you automatically? or are you allowed to show even?  I don't actually plan to show halter but I have a filly that always gets compliments.  She will probably always sport a battle scar from an injury she got at six months.  It just made me curious as to the rules.


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 01:10 AM

I showed my Crabbet mare in halter, she usually placed well though she had a large semi-circular scar that went from her flank back to her hip from a trailer accident as a yearling. It showed up as a black line against her white coat. I think as long as a scar isn't too disfiguring or distracting, it doesn't make a lot of difference.


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:39 AM

I have wondered the same thing, as one of my horses has a scar, but it doesn't impair anything.



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Posted 18 September 2014 - 07:43 AM

Back when I used to show halter, I was told that a scar would make a difference only if there were two horses of comparable quality - then the one with the scar would score a bit lower.


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#5 loriwoo

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 10:22 AM

as long as it does not hinder the movement or look like a conformation fault, it does not matter.

My 2 year old stallion cut his pastern really bad, and it left the inside of that pastern slightly thick.  Even in SHIH no one has EVER mentioned it.  I am sure to clip the area so you can actually SEE the scar, not just the thickness of the skin.

My gelding hit his face this spring and it left a large calcium deposit on his face all summer. He showed all summer and placed 1st or 2nd every time, just like he always has.

 

GO for it, I think judges understand that an injury happens.  If it is not compromising the horses way of going or stance, if it does not look like a fault, they would rather have you in the class than not!


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 02:43 PM

I have seen some do very well at USN (I believe the one mare was Nat. champ) with a very large scar on her shoulder. I think the big thing is as long as it looks like it was truly from an accident vs from poor movement or a conformation weakness.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:55 AM

Scars are not part of conformation...I have never seen a horse penalized for a scar.  Our stallion Thee Onyx has been shown at halter successfully and has several scars from what must have been a pretty bad accident at one time.  I could never find out what happened as Gail had passed away.  

 

If a horse would have a terrible disfigurement where they could not move correctly then it might matter, but I have never seen anyone show a horse like this.

 

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:16 AM

I was in center ring when AM Ben Dream won Region 13 Top Five with huge bilateral splints high on both front cannons. I asked one of the judges what do you do when a horse presents with huge bilateral splints. She said that if it was an accident, it doesn't matter. Maybe she knew what happened to him, but I thought that was pretty strange.



#9 ladycascabel

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 09:32 AM

Wow, Slide, it was my impression that splints were regarded as an important fault. That IS strange!


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#10 loriwoo

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:14 PM

I agree I was told splints were considered faults, but perhaps only if they can see offset knees, or uneven pasterns or something.  that seems weird to me. 


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