Horse Conformation: Structure, Soundness, and Performance

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Pets - 484 pages
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The most comprehensive guide to the horse's body - inside and out - ever published.
In athletics as in architecture, form follows function, and nowhere is that truth more important than in equestrian sports. The better a horse's conformation (how the animal measures up, or "conforms," to the ideal standards of its breed or type), the better it will be able to perform. Using hundreds of photographs and drawings, this masterfully produced book will show you how to develop the "eye" that any horseman needs to assess equine conformation and anatomy. Its comprehensive text focuses on:
Ideal and abnormal conformation features
Balance and symmetry
The relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability
Colors and markings
Anatomical elements, teeth, and aging
Digestive, neurological, respiratory, and circulatory systems
The relationship between structure and function
Now in paperback, Horse Conformation is the single most valuable book on its subject and one that deserves a prominent place in every horse owner's or rider's library.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO CONFORMATION ANATOMY
1
2
35
NECK
67
WITHERS
87
CHEST
95
FORELEGS
101
BODY
165
HINDLEGS
191
Friesian
332
Belgian
333
Percheron
334
Shire
335
Clydesdale
336
Suffolk
337
Pony Breeds
338
Connemara
339

FEET
253
COLORS MARKINGS
291
BREEDS OF HORSES
307
Light Horse Breeds
308
Thoroughbred
309
Quarter Horse
311
Standardbred
312
Morgan
313
Andalusian
314
Lipizzan Color Breeds
316
Gaited Horse Breeds
320
Warmblood Breeds
325
Danish Warmblood
326
Hanoverian
327
Oldenburg
328
Trakehner
330
Westphalian
331
Exmoor
340
Fell
341
Fjord
342
Gotland
343
Hackney
344
New Forest
345
Pony of the Americas
346
Welsh
347
Miniature Horses
349
TYPES OF HORSES
351
Show Horses
352
TEETH AGING
375
14
393
Directional Terms
432
Glossary
443
Index
467
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EQUINE RESEARCH, INC. is a respected publisher of horse-related academic and popular books. Its reference works include the contributions of the country's most authoritative veterinarians and other experts in their respective fields.

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