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By Don Blazer

        If you want to be successful showing your horse at a particular event, first be sure he has the conformation he needs to win.

        Your horse's conformation dictates the way he moves, and his conformation is set.  All the conditioning and muscle development you do will help improve his performance, but it won't change his conformation, so it won't change his basic movement.

        Is your horse's neck short, perfectly proportioned or long? A short neck, which may be good for a sprinter and a long neck, which may be good for a pleasure horse, are going to affect the horse's balance.

        Neither the short nor long necked horse is going to make quick turns easily.  Neither is going to be as graceful in turning movements as the perfectly proportioned horse.

        Check your horse's neck proportion…it should be 1/3 the length of his body from the tip of his nose to the end of his buttock.

        If it is short the horse may work best in short bursts of speed on a straight line.  If it is long, the horse may work best in slow, straight lines with his head and neck carried low.

       Of course, you must consider all the other conformation points which affect movement and evaluate them along with the horse's neck to determine what he is actually best suited to perform.

      The online course,
Conformation and Selection for Performance will help you learn to determine how a horse's conformation will affect his movement.

      Training gets a lot easier for any discipline when you know the horse is built correctly to perform in the desired manner, whatever it may be.

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