Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Conformation is the overall shape and structure of a horse evaluated by looking at the horse's bone structure, muscles, and body proportions.
Good conformation starts with the bones - 205 bones make up the equine skeleton.
The horse skeletal structure is held together with ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Check out our recent posts below throughout the season to learn more about the structure and parts of the horse (its anatomy) and the functions of those parts (its physiology). Select “Read More” below to see all our Anatomy/Physiology blog posts.

Education Blogs

Helping horses achieve and maintain optimal body condition, weight, and muscle development is no easy task. This online article, published earlier this year by Sara Evers Conrad, explains some of the differences between adding weight and muscle, as well as pointers for knowing what a horse needs to promote muscle development and a healthy body condition.

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Prompted by a post in our Nutrition blog about feeding approaches to better ensure a robust, balanced microbiome, we received a question this morning about how the horse's intestinal microbiome works. Dr. Stacey Oke recently published this piece on The Horse that provides more information on the complex community of intestinal microbes that play roles in energy production, endocrine production, and immunity.  

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Much like a vehicle's tires and suspension, horses' hooves often take a daily beating. Even though the hoof is brilliantly engineered to take on that stress, hoof problems are common in horses. Learn more about the bones and soft tissues of the hoof and some steps to take to stay on top of hoof care in this article by Christy West. A big thanks to The Horse for allowing us to share this article with our Foal Patrol followers.

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