Conformation and unsoundness

Conformation and unsoundness - CONFORMATION AND SOUNDNESS...

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CONFORMATION AND SOUNDNESS To understand conformation, one must know the basic anatomy of the horse. A number of good books are available on anatomy. This section will primarily describe some form to function concepts and unsoundness that may lead to lameness in a horse. Relations of form to function: 1. Long, sloping shoulders are correlated with long, sloping pasterns. 2. Short, straight shoulders are correlated with short, straight pasterns. Short, straight pasterns may subject the horse to undue stress causing some unsoundness’s. 3. Long, trim necks and clean throat latches are associated with balance, agility and ability to work off the hocks. 4. Depth of heart and spring of rib are associated with lung capacity and endurance. Structural features that enhance action: 1. Long forearms are correlated with long strides. 2. Horses that stand toed straight on their front feet are likely to have true action. 3.
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