19 Jan
What is Conformation of a Horse?
  • Conformation refers to the shape or structure of a horse, and it can impact a horse's athletic ability.
  • Generally, a horse’s neck should be one and a half times the length of the head.
  • The neck should tie into the horse’s body fairly high to provide good chest space.
  • The shoulder and pastern angles should be between 40 and 55 degrees.
  • A horse can move best with a short back and long neck.
  • Correct legs structure can improve desired performance and reduce lameness.

Good conformation is key to the intended performance of your horse. Horses with poor conformation may be at higher risk of:

  • Injury
  • Harder training
  • Lameness

The basic conformation rules allow you to review a horse’s athletic ability for a certain performance. 

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