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Horse Conformation: Structure, Soundness, and Performanceby Equine Research
Synopses & Reviews
In athletics as in architecture, form follows function, and nowhere is that truth more important than in equestrian sports. The better a horse's conformation (how the animal measures up to, or "conforms," to the ideal standards of its breed or type), the better it will be able to perform. Using hundreds of photographs and drawings, this masterfully produced book will show you how to develop the "eye" that any horseman needs to assess equine conformation and anatomy. Its comprehensive text focuses on ideal and abnormal conformation features; balance and symmetry; the relationship between conformation faults and athletic ability; colors and markings; as well as anatomical elements, teeth, and aging; body systems; and the relationship between structure and function.
Now in paperback, HORSE CONFORMATION is the single most valuable book on its subject and one that deserves a prominent place in every horse owner's or rider's library.
Book News Annotation:
Originally published as Equine photos & drawings for conformation & anatomy, Equine Research Inc. (Tyler, Texas; 1999), this guide for horse owners and riders describes all aspects of conformation--the science of comparing horses to the standards of their particular breed. It starts at the head and works back to the hind hooves, describing how bones, cartilage, joints and soft tissues work together in conformation. The guide also describe markings, teeth and aging, and body systems, along with the particulars of breeds and types of horses. For example, it shows why novices think Appaloosas always look worried and which draft horse can weigh as much as 2,400 pounds. A short bibliography and an extensive glossary round out the book.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The most comprehensive guide to the horses body- inside and outside-ever published
About the Author
EQUINE RESEARCH, INC. is a respected publisher of horse-related academic and popular books. Its reference works include the contributions of the country's most authoritative veterinarians and other experts in their respective fields.
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