Summary: The deeply superficial horse is a term used to describe horses with great looks but poor abilities. These horses may have exceptional physical attributes, such as being good-looking, tall, or muscular, but they may lack the necessary training and skill set.
1. Physical Appearance
The deeply superficial horse is all about appearance. These horses often have impressive physical attributes, such as pleasing conformation, shiny manes and tails, and a well-defined musculature. You might see them move, and think that they themselves personify excellence, grace and athleticism. Still, a beautiful exterior is not enough to make it in the equine performance world.
For this reason, people who purchase a horse like this solely based on its appearance often get disappointed when it comes to actual riding. This is because this animal’s physical appearance is not reliable for telling important factors related to their training or skill level.
When it comes to selecting and purchasing horses, never judge a book by its cover. Looks certainly do matter, but there should be more to a horse than what meets the eye.
2. Limited Experience
A deeply superficial horse may have very limited experience and exposure to different environments. Without exposure, experiences and challenges, the animal will fall short in developing its skills and capabilities.
It’s common to find out that, while these horses are typically beautiful to look at, they could also be shy or anxious. Just as people, some horses need more time to calm down and fully focus on their work than others. However, if a horse has limited interactions with different environments and situations, this trainability skill will be greatly affected, even though the horse may still continue to look mesmerizingly beautiful.
An inexperienced horse can be trained though, but more time and attention will be needed to get it up to speed with a proven equine athlete. A good trainer can develop their abilities with proper training, exposure and work.
3. Limited Success
It is possible for a deeply superficial horse to have limited success. This is often the case when the horse owner or rider does not pay much alignment to practical achievements and skill acquisition, such as winning in competitions, taking on demanding terrain, etc. Without exposing these horses to different tasks, it may prove difficult to find out if the horse can meet the high standards of competitive riding, endurance tests, or other performance situations.
For every competition, there are standards that must be met. Winning and doing well requires excellent skill sets for both the rider and horse. Therefore, if you have an animal that hasn’t been sufficiently put through its paces at competitions or had exposure to different tasks, even one that is visually beautiful, he or she may not have the skillsets needed to perform at a high level.
Trainers need to find the right environment and challenges needed to make sure these deeply superficial horses reach their full potential. Riders and trainers should also work together to correctly assess the horse’s strengths and weaknesses, making sure the horse has the capacity to grow and learn according to the standards of competition and performance.
The deeply superficial horse is one of those phrases that speaks loudly to the horse competition and riding world. It identifies horses that look glorious but may fall short in other aspects of performance that really matter. Before buying a horse, make sure you assess its capabilities well. Have the horse examined by an independent veterinarian and a qualified horse expert. Talk to its trainer and other owners to see if they’ve witnessed anything that may be of concern.
To make these horses stand out and be competitive, they may need a complete focus shift. That does not mean that these horses can’t be winners, it just means that the trainers, riders, and owners must work together to develop previously overlooked areas of skill and ability in the animal. Just remember, outward appearance should only be one factor considered when selecting and training a horse for performance.
Lastly, let’s always remember that the deeply superficial horses are individuals too, and we should treat them with love and care, regardless of their appearances or abilities. It’s really not about them becoming stars in the field, but rather being horses that we enjoy interacting with, riding, working with and spending quality time around with respect and admiration.