conformation depends really on what breed your horse is (since each breed is different their horse conformation is different and youll be looking for
different good or bad horse conformation points).
Example: If you were going to buy a Thoroughbred then youd be looking for a tall horse with
long, slender legs, a short back with a longish neck, a deep girth, strong chest and well-sloped withers. But if you wanted a
Andalusian youd want to look for a horse with a intelligent head, a thick neck, sturdy
but slim legs, a shortish back and a wavy mane and tail.
However, there are a few things that apply to every breed of horse which will determine its horse conformation. Heres a list of things that come in bad horse
conformation, if your horse has none of these it has pretty good horse conformation:
Back at the Knee – When a horses knees, when seen from the side, seem to extend backwards.
Calf Knees – When a horses knees are shallow from back to front.
Cow Hocks – When a horses hocks, when seen from the rear, turn inwards like a cows.
Ewe Neck – When the top line of a horses neck is concave and the bottom one is convex.
Herring-Gutted – When there is an upward slope from the front to the back of a horses underbelly.
Over at the Knee – When a horses knees protrude forward.
Pigeon Toed – When a horses hooves turn inwards instead of straight ahead.
Roach Back – When a horses spine has an exaggerated upwards curve.
Sickle Hocks – When a horses hocks, when viewed from the side, have a concave line in front of the hocks and a slanting cannon bone.
Slab-Sided – When a horses ribs are hanging flat instead of curving around it to form a circle-ish shape.
Splay-Footed – When a horses hooves turn outwards instead of facing straight ahead.
Swayed Back – When a horses back is hollowed out, sinking in instead of lying at its regular line. (NOTE: this often happens naturally in
horses as they get older.)
Tied in Below the Knees – When the measurement of the bone just below the knee is shorter then that farther down the cannon bone.
Roman Nosed – When a horse’s muzzle points straight downwards, sort of like a Greek’s nose. (NOTE: this charateristic is sort-after in some breeds
of horse, while in others, it can cause them to not be registered.)
almost no tail and oversized ears.
muscled hind quarters and a thick tail.
a deep barrel, sturdy, but slim legs, muscular hind quarters and a thick tail.