What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Conformation Problems, Generally


You are looking at a horse and wonder whether what appears to be a conformational problem is of any consequence. Will it cause a problem or not? Horse owners, breeders and professionals should know as much as possible about conformation in general and in particular how various aspects of conformation relate to their discipline. Each type and degree of conformation abnormality has different consequences to the horse. Whether or not a conformation abnormality limits a horse depends to a great extent on what the horse is being asked to do.

Your vet should be able to tell you whether a specific conformation abnormality is compatible with your chosen discipline and level. Generally there is no absolute answer. There are plenty of cases where horses overcame severe conformation faults to excel at their discipline. That tends to be the exception however. Conformation faults can limit a horse's ability to perform and predispose to lameness.

your role


What To Do

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • What specifically is your concern?
  • Describe the conformational abnormality?
  • What do you hope to do with your horse in the future?

Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP