Other Conformation Topics


The Importance of Limb Conformation

September 02, 2015

Researchers are always working to determine which deviations from the norm are performance-limiting. ... Read More


The Conformationally Challenged Athlete

July 20, 2015

No horse is perfect, and many with conformational flaws go on to compete successfully. What can you live with and how?... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.


From Toeing-Out to Toeing-In

July 08, 2015

What could cause a change in an adult horse's leg conformation? ... Read More


Sizing Up Off-Track Thoroughbreds for Other Disciplines

May 07, 2015

If you're an off-track Thoroughbred owner, what characteristics did you look for in your prospect?... Read More


Young Horse Health, Conformation Impacts Career Longevity

April 03, 2015

Good health and soundness in 4- to 5-year-olds goes a long way in keeping horses performing long-term, researchers said.... Read More


Horse Knees: The Crooked, the Chipped, and the Inflamed

December 20, 2014

Horses' knees are prone to both congenital and acquired lameness problems. Here's what you need to know.... Read More


What is Kissing Spines?

December 18, 2014

Dr. Rachel Buchholz explains what "kissing spines" is in horses and its clinical signs.... Read More


Will a Club-Footed Mare Pass on the Flaw?

December 18, 2014

Dr. Bryant Craig talks about whether mares with conformation faults could pass them on to their offspring. (00:02:22)... Read More


Poll Recap: What Conformation Flaws Can You Live With?

November 18, 2014

Of the 1,074 respondents, 349 (32%) said they could live with a slight club foot in their horse's conformation.... Read More


Equine Body Type's Effect on Endurance Performance Studied

April 29, 2014

Researchers found that typical endurance-horse form and structure have little to do with racing success.... Read More


Variations in Body Conformation

April 09, 2014

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More


That Cresty Neck: Is It Muscle or Fat?

April 02, 2014

How can you tell if a neck is round from muscling or cresty from fat accumulation?... Read More


Univ. of Florida to Offer Online Horse Care Course

March 16, 2014

The course will shed light on the science behind common horse management practices.... Read More


Poll Recap: Hind-Limb Conformation Concerns

February 04, 2014

Of the 652 respondents, 236 (36%) said cow hocks are the least-worrisome hind-limb conformation fault.... Read More


Evaluating Conformation

January 22, 2014

Do you know what to look for when evaluating a horse's conformation? ... Read More


An Anatomy Lesson

January 02, 2014

It's time to take a step back and review the specialized structure and function of the equine body. ... Read More


Poll Recap: Confounding Conformation

October 15, 2013

Of 766 voters, 29% said they worry most about buck or calf knees. ... Read More


TOBA to Hold Pedigree and Conformation Clinic

September 29, 2013

The clinic will feature a presentations focusing on conformation from a veterinary perspective.... Read More


TOBA to Offer Breeding Clinic in Lexington, May 31-June 2

May 19, 2013

Lecture topics will include planning a mating, nutrition, foaling, farm and pasture management, and more.... Read More


Diagnosing Equine Neck Conditions

October 22, 2012

Neurologic signs, weakness, gait changes, and forelimb lameness can all point to an equine neck condition.... Read More


Equine Veterinary Students Welcome New Learning Tool

September 11, 2012

Veterinary professors in England develop "Anato-Rug" to help students study equine anatomy.... Read More

Compston's new flexural deformity treatment method involves creating an active tension splint via a wire placed into the foal's hoof.


New Equine Flexural Deformities Treatment Technique Studied

September 09, 2012

A novel treatment technique for correcting flexural deformities in foals showed promise in a recent study.... Read More


New Treatment for Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Evaluated

August 10, 2012

Zoledronate appears effective in improving clinical signs associated with bone fragility disorder.... Read More


Effects of Exercise on Young Thoroughbreds' Knees

May 18, 2012

Researchers found that foals turned out to pasture had similar joint defects as those exercised daily.... Read More


Horse Gaits: Sound Doesn't Equal Symmetrical

April 30, 2012

Research indicates that most sound horses' movements differ depending on direction of travel on a circle.... Read More