A message from kiyarasabel
I'm so annoyed, I decided to browse a breeder's website I used to like and they don't have any conformation pics anywhere. You've ruined me.
I feel this is exceptionally relevant.

I feel this is exceptionally relevant.

A message from am-bient
you know how you said 'does being a pet require good conformation'... what is your opinion on dog breeding and conformation issues in breeds such as german shepherds and staffies, eg their hip issues?

Also horrible but not at all my area of expertise. I just know horses. 

Go check out fuglydog!

A message from somesortofstyx
As a non-horse person who keeps seeing this going around I just really want to ask someone knowledgeable (and you're the first that came to mind lol) - is riding horses bad for them or cruel? Also on another note I keep finding information on fugly miniature horses is it even possible for a miniature to have sound conformation?

No, riding horses is not bad or cruel. No one’s denying that there are occasionally asshole riders, but if riding is inherently cruel, please explain to me why my most recent lesson horse would run to the gate to meet me and then headbutt me with impatience if I took too long getting him in the arena. 

Is riding physically damaging? Only if the horse isn’t healthy to begin with, or if you really don’t know what you’re doing. 

Moving on. It’s pretty rare to find minis with the kind of conformation that would be considered correct in a large horse. My theory on this is that most of them don’t really have to work. Being a pet doesn’t really require good conformation. Do I think that’s terrible? Hell yeah I do. 

I’m truly awful at remembering to tag things but minis go here.

A message from Anonymous
Where are you studying Equine Science?

I’m not revealing my secret identity, but if you’re also studying equine science, mention my blog in your anatomy class and I’ll post some kind of shout out here if it’s also mine.

Personal update time! 

I got my class schedule, met some of the horses I’ll be working with, and moved into my shiny new apartment yesterday.

Am I officially an equine science student yet? 

A message from Anonymous
Fun fact- not every horse can be beautiful and have a 'perfect top line' but they are each special and loved by someone. Have fun with your 'perfect' horses- I'll take a sweet, quirky ewe necked gelding over boring perfection any day

ashenwastes:

fuglyhorses:

You did a great job reading this blog, didn’t you?

"B-BUT WAAAHHH, EVERY HORSE IS BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE A BIG MEANIE!!"

Every horse is beautiful in its own way, if you want to think like that. A sweet, quirky ewe-necked horse is fine as long as it isn’t being used for breeding. If a horse’s conformational flaws affect its life negatively (as many do) the horse should really not be bred and perhaps not even ridden for its own health and safety. It can still be a wonderful pet for you to love and cherish and be loved in return — EVERY animal deserves to be treated kindly and with respect at the very least, and loved for what it is. All horses deserve a loving home even if they aren’t ‘perfect.’

Fugly does not equal ugly. Fugly can in fact be rather cute. It just means that the animal is strangely put together or not conformationally correct, in varying degrees. Some animals aren’t affected as much while some are crippled due to their unfortunate breeding, which is very sad.

There’s such a horse population problem in many places, especially America, that the concept of ‘fugly’ really needs some attention. Backyard breeders in search of fancy colours breed horses that can’t walk without being in pain or horses with such a bad temperament that they can never be ridden, and then these horses ultimately are bought at slaughter auctions and condemned to death due to human irresponsibility. A horse should not be bred unless by an experienced breeder, and not unless the horse is perfect. There is no more room in America for average. Adopt average, don’t breed your own.

The long and short of it is that there is nothing wrong with average, and fugly isn’t an insult, it’s preservation. Average and fugly horses deserve loving families. The point of fugly is pointing out the health and safety of horses, and hopefully preventing further overpopulation or horses that must live their lives in discomfort.

A message from Anonymous
Fun fact- not every horse can be beautiful and have a 'perfect top line' but they are each special and loved by someone. Have fun with your 'perfect' horses- I'll take a sweet, quirky ewe necked gelding over boring perfection any day

You did a great job reading this blog, didn’t you?

A message from dark-bay
So looking through your blog I saw a lot of the 'useless average cob/Vanner' comments and yeah, did annoy me a bit as we've had 2 cobs competing in the Paralympic dressage events (look up Barilla) and there are fantastic jumping cobs like The Dark Emporer (although he is a sec. D) cobs are more than mediocre schoolmasters and good, well bred cobs actually are very valuable and sought after as WH and showing horses. It's the traveller/backyard cobs that give them a bad name.
A message from Anonymous
same anon about the knee/downhill question. I was just wondering because I competed in a 4-H horse judging class today and pinned a nice but over at the knee TB over a very downhill, swaybacked paint. The official judge said that being over at the knee automatically drops a horse, but I always thought downhill was worse, so I just wanted another opinion. But yeah that paint belonged on here he was fugly as anything but that's halter for ya.

I would support your decision.