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The Horse Conformation Handbook,9781580175586

The Horse Conformation Handbook

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/15/2005


Conformation concerns body structure and anatomy. In this comprehensive volume, Heather Smith Thomas explains how conformation relates to function and what to look for when evaluating a horse. She teaches the reader to see beyond a horse's physical beauty to identify desirable attributes and potential faults, and with copious illustrations and explanations, trains the eye to recognize the hallmarks of soundness, durability, trainability, and athletic potential. Thomas begins with an in-depth discussion of equine anatomy and the importance of balance and proportion. She also explains how to detect "heart," that indefinable quality that distinguishes a horse from his peers and compels him to excel. The book concludes with real-world applications of the principles of good conformation, including helping a horse succeed by matching him with the right job and what the conformation of the aging horse can tell you. Horses with good conformation move fluidly, experience less wear and tear on joints, and are more apt to stay fit and sound during a long life of service. Whether you're buying your first horse, choosing breeding stock, or simply want to learn more about your equine companion, The Horse Conformation Handbook will help you understand horses better than ever before.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preliminariesp. 1
Anatomy and Principles of Conformationp. 6
Basic Anatomyp. 9
Head and Neck Conformationp. 27
The Teethp. 49
Chest Conformationp. 67
Back Conformationp. 81
Foreleg Conformationp. 105
Hindquarter Conformationp. 141
Foot Conformationp. 171
Evaluating a Horsep. 190
Body Proportionsp. 193
Body Anglesp. 205
Heightp. 221
How a Horse Movesp. 233
Athletic Abilityp. 253
Typep. 269
Soundnessp. 309
The Senior Horsep. 341
Appendixesp. 350
Applying What You've Learnedp. 352
Training Your Eye: Six Case Studiesp. 359
Glossaryp. 366
Recommended Readingp. 374
Indexp. 375
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