Discussion # 163: How do you judge a horse's innate athletic ability *without* the ability to watch him jump?

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Building on this older conversation of the meaning of scopey vs athletic.... 

How do you judge a horse's innate athletic ability without the ability to watch him jump? Are there any common traits or abilities that you notice in athletic horses?

Here are a couple of hints: What do you notice when the athletic horse plays in the pasture vs the less athletic horse? And do you notice any difference in the sound they might make as they move over the ground?

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