Why are we making this so hard? (and so expensive!)

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I read a discussion thread online the other day that made me sad on three levels. Someone (a somewhat experienced breeder and trainer) was asking how to best price her young warmblood gelding. By all indications, this was a good-minded young horse that was easily learning his A-B-Cs. Uncomplicated, willing, same horse at home than away: you know the type we would all like in our barn? I will add that he was also well-bred with proven, known bloodlines. Definitely not a shot in the dark here. The advice started pouring in and yes; I know that this is the internet and that the advice one can get...

Evaluating the conformation-Dutch style.

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The systematic scoring of conformation carried out by the Warmblood registries is one of the things that really set them apart from other breed evaluation. What are the main differences?   Contrary to breed shows such as those for Arabians, Morgans, or QH that are often filled with politics and disagreement since the judging is mostly left to the discretion of a judge, the Warmblood evaluations are carried out by trained inspectors. The whole process is also geared toward evaluating breeding stock more than seeking a sash or a “Grand Champion” title. Horses do not campaign over many shows in order to gather a certain number of accolades...