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About Breed Standards

Each breed has it's own set of breed standards that represents physical aspects the breed is well known for. No two breeds have the same standard. Breed standard values range from 0-100 but 100 isn't necessarily considered "excellent". Those close to breed standard have an advantage in showing. Those far away will receive showing deductions and score more poorly.

Breed standard values are shown below your horses image on their page. Higher BS values might not mean your horse performs very well. Breeding for all "excellent" values in BS is important to excel in showing.

Excellent is 0-3, good 4-7, fair 8-11, and poor 12+ from the breed standard.

Breed Standard Categories

Head/Neck

The Head/Neck value represents the head and neck of your horse. Breeds well known for their head or neck will have a higher head/neck breed standard value.

Legs

The Legs value represents the leg of your horse. Breeds well known for their legs will have a higher leg breed standard value.

Shoulder/Chest

The Shoulder/Chest value represents the shoulder and chest of your horse. Breeds well known for their shoulders and chest will have a higher shoulder/chest breed standard value.

Topline

The Topline value represents the topline of your horse. Breeds well known for their topline will have a higher topline breed standard value.

Hooves

The hooves value represents the hooves of your horse. Breeds well known for their hooves will have a higher hoof breed standard value.

Hindquarter

The Hindquarter value represents the hindquarter of your horse. Breeds well known for their hindquarter will have a hindquarter breed standard value.

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Breed Standard Rankings

Excellent

Your horse is within breed standard and is ranked excellent! They will receive no deductions in shows.

Good

Your horse is pretty close to breed standard and is ranked good. They will receive minimal deductions in shows.

Fair

Your horse is far from breed standard and is ranked fair. They will receive many deductions in shows.

Poor

Your horse is not near breed standard and is ranked poor. They will receive excessive deductions in shows.

Example Horse BS

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Example 1

2/6 values are good.

4/6 values are excellent.

This horse will receive fewer deductions in shows compared to the horse in example 2.


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Example 2

1/6 values are poor.

2/6 values are fair.

2/6 values are good.

1/6 values are excellent.

This horse will receive more deductions in shows compared to the horse in example 1.

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