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Best Conformation For Equestrian Sports

I haven't seen a thread like this one, so I figured I would start one. We have all seen how drastically different horse breeds can be (Clydesdale vs Arabian) - even horses of the same breed (barrel bred QH vs cutting bred QH). My question is what conformation makes a horse 'built' for a sport. Ignore the horses's drive to do it (let's just say every example horse we come up with WANTS to do said sport).

I mean, for example - good barrel racers tend to be downhill and have very powerful hindquarters. Jumpers tend to be uphill and have longer legs.

Here is a list of every discipline I could think of, feel free to add any I missed. Just add to the sport you have the best experience in, or know the most about.

English Pleasure
Field Hunter
Hunt Seat
Saddle Seat
Show Hunter
Show Jumper
Show Hack

Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Western Dressage
Western Pleasure
Competitive Trail
Barrel Racing
Pole Bending

Steeple Chasing
Harness Racing
Driving (any sub-catagory of it)
Halter (this one can be a very broad subject)
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