Thoroughbred horses have incredible vision. Their eyes are the largest of any land mammal and the peripheral range is quite wide, warning them of predators. If you add the range of each eye together it covers a field of about 330 degrees. The human eyes can see around 120 degrees. The drawback ...Read More
Anatomy / Pedigree
Conformation is the overall shape and structure of a horse, which is evaluated by looking at the bone structure, muscles and body proportions.
Good conformation starts with the bones - 205 bones make up the equine skeletal anatomy.
The horse skeletal structure is held together with ligaments, tendons and muscles.
The hocks, on the back legs of a horse, are similar to the ankle joint on a human skeleton. The hocks are essential for propelling a horse forward as they are the engine of the animal.
The hind quarters can propel the horse forward 40 miles an hour in six strides.
Horses have a range of vision that covers a combined 330 degrees. Humans have a range of vision of a combined 120 degrees.
Every thoroughbred's ancestry can be traced back to three foundation stallions imported to England in the 18th century: the Darley Arabian, the Byerly Turk and the Godolphin Arabian. These stallions are the forefathers of thoroughbred horses.