Equine Conformation

Equine conformation evaluates the degree of correctness of a horse's bone structure, musculature, and its body proportions in relation to each other. Undesirable conformation can limit the ability to perform a specific task. Although there are several universal "faults," a horse's conformation is usually judged by what its intended use may be. Thus "form to function" is one of the first set of traits considered in judging conformation. A horse with poor form for a Grand Prix show jumper could have excellent conformation for a World Champion cutting horse, or to be a champion draft horse. Every horse has good and bad points of its conformation and many horses (including Olympic caliber horses) excel even with conformation faults.

See also: Equine anatomy

Read more about Equine Conformation:  Conformation of The Head and Neck, Conformation of The Shoulder, Forearm, and Chest, Conformation of The Hindquarters and Hips, Conformation of The Front and Hind Legs, Conformation of The Pasterns, Conformation of The Feet and Base, Overall Balance and Bone