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post #1 of 7 Old 08-23-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question about conformation?

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Anyway, which conformation is better for jumping, and which one for racing?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-23-2013, 02:08 PM
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Which conformation of what? Do you have examples of horses?

Racing is often a combination of conformation as well as internal organs (heart and lung capacity) and attitude. Jumping can be the same thing.

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Of horses in general, so that I can recognize horses, and what they are good at, I'm not asking for any horse critique. xD
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T here are different builds for distance runners and sprinters too.
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Go and look up pictures of top level jumpers and racers. You'll start to notice traits that are common in horses that excel at their disciplines
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I'm not sure exactly what they look for in racers...pretty sure it's something like a deep girth to make room for the lungs and heart for the heavy work load, and a powerful shoulder and hip. Don't take my word on that though lol

But as far as jumping and other sport horses go, I feel that if a horse is well conformed or as close to "textbook" as possible that horse has the potential to perform well in any event (jumping, eventing, dressage, hunters etc). But there are some traits or tweeks in the conformation are better for some disiplines than others. Look at this link and you'll see what I mean:

Book Excerpt: Which Thoroughbred Best Fits My Needs?
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Here is another good resource: What is Functional Conformation? | JW Equine
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