Horse Conformation: Structure, Soundness, and Performance
Globe Pequot, 2004 - Pets - 484 pages
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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INTRODUCTION TO CONFORMATION ANATOMY
BREEDS OF HORSES
Light Horse Breeds
Lipizzan Color Breeds
Gaited Horse Breeds
abdominal angle artery biceps blood vessels body breeds bursa called cannon bone carpal bone cartilage caudal cervical vertebrae chest coffin bone common digital extensor concussion Conformational fault corium Courtesy coxae cranial croup deep digital flexor digital extensor tendon digital flexor tendon dorsal draft horse dressage ears elbow extend fascia feet femoris femur fetlock Figure flex foot forearm foreleg frog front gait gaskin glands head heels hind hindleg hindquarters hip joint hock hoof wall horse's humerus incisors inserts inside knee lateral cartilages loin long pastern bone lower lymph medial muscle originates navicular bone neck nerves palmar pastern pectoral pelvis pony Quarter Horse radius ribs scapula sesamoid bones short pastern bone shoulder side sloping spinal column spine splint bone Standardbred sternum stifle straight structures superficial digital flexor surface suspensory ligament tail tarsal teeth tendon thigh thoracic vertebrae Thoroughbred tibia tissue tuber vein Warmblood withers