The Horse Conformation Handbook

The Horse Conformation Handbook

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by Heather Smith Thomas, Jo Anna Rissanen, JoAnna Rissanen
     
 
Conformation refers to a horse's shape and the configuration of its body parts. Thomas, an expert on horses and an experienced writer on the subject, offers an extensive information guide for assessing a horse's conformation for riding purposes as well as for buying or breeding. She first describes a horse's anatomy and the principles of conformation, categorized by

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Conformation refers to a horse's shape and the configuration of its body parts. Thomas, an expert on horses and an experienced writer on the subject, offers an extensive information guide for assessing a horse's conformation for riding purposes as well as for buying or breeding. She first describes a horse's anatomy and the principles of conformation, categorized by body part. She then details how to evaluate this anatomy in terms of proportion, angle, height, movement, athleticism, type, and "soundness," in addition to assessing an older horse. Included are diagrams, a glossary, and case studies, in which six photographs of horses are analyzed. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…The Horse Conformation Handbook is the only complete book on the topic and will provide horse owners with a thorough introduction.” – America’s Bridle & Bit

“…a comprehensive, yet user-friendly, “how-to” guide on evaluating a horse for soundness, athletic potential, trainability and longevity.” – Performance Horse

“Excellent pictures and illustrations make for easy understanding of how and why a part of the horse operates. If you are going to use horses for work or pleasure, you need this book.”

Small Farm Journal

“Is it worth $22.95 to have a reference guide that will build your expertise in evaluating a horse’s conformation? You can bet the farm on it.”

Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580175593
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.13(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Heather Smith Thomas raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho. She is the author of 10 books and thousands of articles on animal health care. Her books include Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle, and Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle.

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