Best Conformation For Equestrian Sports

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        03-16-2013, 11:44 PM
    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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