Conformational defects can be separated into two groups, those that you can do something about, and those that you can’t.
In youngsters with various limb defects, there may be a window of opportunity to do something to help them live productive, pain-free lives. The key is recognizing this and acting on it sooner rather than later.
With respect to adult horse conformational defects, again there is a division: those that are likely to affect performance or soundness (a functional problem that causes discomfort or pain), and those that are not (purely aesthetic problem).
In almost all disciplines, there have been winning performance horses that have had poor conformation. Cannonero II won the Derby and Preakness in 1971 with a very crooked leg. Everyone knows the story of Seabiscuit’s apparently poor conformation. Generally, however, good conformation for a purpose predisposes to good performance.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
For young horses, prognosis depends on the specific abnormality, its severity, and the age of the horse when treated. For mature horses, prognosis depends on the specific abnormality, its severity, and the presence (or absence) of arthritis.
Appropriate shoeing and trimming is critical to management of lower limb conformation faults.
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