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    04-06-2011, 07:45 AM
Green Broke
Eventing/jumping ?

Ok so I was wondering. I have read a few threads about people looking for eventing prospects and such. I was just curious about the conformation side of things. I know my boy needs muscle and everything I'm just using him as an example. I believe Apache my horse might be good for something like that because he is not spooky, quite bold, loves new things rather then only endlessly going around in circles, etc. I'm wondering how he would conformationwise. What do you think? Why is conformation help/ stop him from doing it? Thanks
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    04-06-2011, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
    04-06-2011, 06:01 PM
A conformation critique is the evaluation of the bone structure and musculature of the horse. Different horses are built for different purposes, and so, for example, a draft horse with lots of bone and muscle for strength, could not run a race faster than a light thoroughbred racehorse who is built for speed. SO by evaluating your horse's conformation, you will be able to understand what you're horse is capable of excelling in.

Now I'm still getting the hand of conformation critiques but from what I can see, you're horse seems to have good bone. He has long cannons, an upright shoulder, and is slightly toed out on the back. He also looks camped under on the back. He has well defined withers and looks like he's built slightly uphill. He has a long, low-set neck and is lacking weight and muscle, especially on his topline. I don't see why he couldn't do lower level eventing with a little work!
His personality seems ideal for eventing, so who knows! :)
    04-07-2011, 02:56 AM
Green Broke
Thanks I'm still trying to get the hang of conformation stuff too

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