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 Tobysthebesthorseever 04-24-2013 04:05 PM

Help understanding?!

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Hi!! I must admit, math and shapes and whatnot are SO not my thing.
How can I understand conformation without the typical "picture a line from here to here, and so on"???!!!!! Is there any way to understand that without that? If not, can someone explain it to me? I know sorta the basics, like I can point out MAJOR faults, but I'm not so sure about the other sruff:oops:

And also, does my horse have good conformation?

Let me know if you can't tell from the picture!!

 Tobysthebesthorseever 04-24-2013 04:06 PM

Sorry for the sideways... I REALLY have to figure out how to fix that...:/

 jumanji321 04-24-2013 07:37 PM

Even if the picture was the right way, that picture isn't good enough for a fair critique. His hind end is not perpendicular to the camera so it will change the way he actually looks.

 Horserunner 04-24-2013 10:21 PM

Yeah we'd need a straight on shot to be sure but It does look like your horse is over at the knee and toed in in the front but it probably is just be the angle of the pic.

 jumanji321 04-24-2013 11:15 PM

He also looks like he needs muscle on his topline.

 Tobysthebesthorseever 04-25-2013 07:47 AM

Okay, I'll try to get a better picture when I next see him, which will be Tuesday D':

I wish I could see him more often <3

 TheLastUnicorn 04-25-2013 10:47 AM

In reality conformation analysis is all about ratios and angles, because it is always "the sum of all parts"... Once you get the idea of those you CAN eyeball it without the lines and measurements - and the more practice you get the better you will be. Most of them are more like connecting the dots than math. (And being weak in math myself, I use my handy calculator to do the numbers)

"Good conformation" is about form to function - which ratios and angles will be most likely to produce a horse able to do X job best... So "good" depends on what you want to do with the horse...

Dr.Deb Bennett has a few great books out about conformation, easy to read.

 Tobysthebesthorseever 04-25-2013 02:31 PM

Thank you! That helped me understand a bit better. My trainer says he cruelly has really good conformation, although she would "want a little bit of a longer neck on him, personal preference though". I just wanted to find out for myself.

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