Conformation06

Conformation06 - CONFORMATION • SPORT HORSE TYPE •...

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Unformatted text preview: CONFORMATION • SPORT HORSE TYPE • HUNTER TYPE • STOCK TYPE • SADDLE TYPE • PLEASURE & VERSATILITY TYPE What is Conformation? • Physical appearance of an animal due to the arrangement of muscles, bone, & other body tissue • Improved conformation> increased athleticism • Each breed has ideal characteristics Anatomy Components of Conformation • Neck • Balance • Shoulder • Topline • Hindquarters • Muscle (proportional) Balance • Single most important characteristic in equine selection • Forms basis for athletic performance HEAD • Lean, clean chisled • Triangular • Eyes large and set on corners of face • Profile – straight or slightly dished Neck • Assists with balance • Long,lean,high set – Correlated to shoulder slope • Topline: Bottom line – 2:1 CHEST, HEARTGIRTH & RIBS • Chest deep & moderately wide • Rib cage well sprung • Deep heart girth Shoulder • Slope critical to balance – impacts proportions of neck – Impacts proportions of back • 45 to 50 degree angle • Pastern angle:shoulder angle Slope of Shoulder TOPLINE COMPONENTS...
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