I've been getting more and more into the sales part of the industry. I've been reading up on books, catalogs, and these forum threads. I always see comments about conformation - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the glorious. What I want to know is, what do most people find as ideal conformation in a Thoroughbred, whether it be foal, yearling, stallion or racehorse? I know different people have their opinions, but there has to be points of a horse that are, for the most part, universally agreed on. What about their legs do people like to see, or their shoulder, topline or head/neck?
I know a lot of people cite Buckpasser and Bernardini as two examples of prime conformation. Is there any other horses who were put together marvelously, or any horses that didn't look so hot at all? I just want opinions from people in the industry and people who've been observing horses for many years. I just want to learn more about conformation - it's one of the weaker points in my horse knowledge.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your replies in advance! (I really hope this doesn't turn into an argument...but it is TBC, after all.)