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post #1 of 19 Old 02-20-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Confo critique--Man o' War vs Secretariat vs Seabiscuit

Some of the best racehorses in history....who had the best conformation out of Man o' War, Secretariat, and Seabiscuit do you think? With Seabiscuit, crooked legs aside. Here's some pictures of each:

Man o' War:


Seabiscuit: (crooked legs aside)

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-20-2010, 07:21 PM
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Best conformation for normal riding or for racing? It depends, as the conformation desired in racing would be a hassle to collect.

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My personal favorite is Secretariat.
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I agree, Secretariat, in my opinion has fewer faults and looks to have a build that would stay sound.

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The deciding physical traits in a racehorse are the length of hip, as hip length is equal to pure power potential, and the ls joint placement. Length and depth of loin would also play a large role. All three horses are exceptional in these areas.

Not all crooked legs are created equally. Seabiscuit being over at the knee is irrelevant. Had he been calf-kneed...that'd have been a different story.

All three horses are very similiar in other conformation traits...downhill built, high hock and stifle sets, straighter hind leg with more length to the fibia than tibia, etc., etc.,

The biggest difference between the three is the ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch muscling.

Most racehorses have the basics in their build. What can't be determined until you start training them is how they will react to the training, to the racing itself, will they be easy on themselves or hard. Are they extroverts, introverts? Will they hide their anxiety or act out? Will they relax during a race, or get themselves so wound up that they are done before the gate opens? Are they competitive? Are they overly competitive? Are they completely underwhelmed by the whole thing?

A good portion of racehorses are ruined by straight up bad training and management. Not fed right, not rested enough, not turned out enough, not trimmed or shod right, pushed too young, pushed too hard, and on and on and on.

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Thanks. Interesting to consider....
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Overall, I like Man O' War the best (swayback aside). I like the stayers!
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-20-2010, 09:26 PM
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Overall I like the biscuit the best, the other two have really cresty necks and ridiculously thick throat latches. Biscuit looks wiry and a bit rough, and yes he did have crooked legs, but neither other horse had much better. To me
Biscuit has the best back too.

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hard to tell because the Man 'O War and Secretariat pics were taken in their later years... but...

Secretariat. I like the way he is built way better than Man 'O War or Seabiscuit. But I loff them all!

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Seabiscut is my favorite horse of all time but I think hes not very nice looking. I like Secretariat most looks wise.
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