Balance is important, regardless of the horse's intended use--whether the horse is a performance horse or a halter horse. I look for a horse with a smooth topline and proportionate lengths to the neck, back, and hip.
I want to see that his neck is long and ties in well to his shoulder on top and underneath.
I'll look at how level he is, and that he isn't too high behind, whether his hocks and knees are on the same plane, and if he has a nice angle to his pasterns.
To place this group of performance-bred colts, I've looked at their balance and how it affects their ability to move correctly, with elevation and impulsion. I'll comment on topline, neck and back length, hock set, and the angles that you want to see in the shoulder and pasterns.
So take a look at the three yearlings at right and place them in your order of preference. Then click "Next" below to find out how I placed them.