Conformation

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A Poulticing Primer

Abscess, heat or swelling? This time-tested method addresses the pain in new and improved ways.

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What's in a Fly Spray Label?

Six secrets that the manufacturers don't always tell you

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Apply Fly Spray the Right Way

Use these tips for maximum effectiveness from your horse's insect repellent

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The Anatomy of Dressage Horse Hindquarters

Learn to understand the structure and biomechanics of dressage horse hindquarters with Dr. Hilary Clayton.

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Horse Hair: Whorl Patterns

There may be a link between the hair swirl or 'whorl' patterns on horses' hair coats and their temperaments.

By observing how a weanling behaves toward other horses, you

How to Evaluate a Weanling

Use these tips to evaluate the quality of a horse weanling to buy or for other consideration.

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Checklist: Determine if Your Horse is Fat

Use our checklist below to determine whether your horse is overweight, underweight, or just about right.

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How a Horse Keeps Cool

Consider how our equine partners regulate body temperature and keep cool.

Press a pencil against your horse

Test Your Horse's Nervous System

Use these simple checks to evaluate and monitor the state of your horse's vital stimulus-response network.

A Conformation Judge's Philosophy

Sporthorse breeder and judge Julie Winkel, who critiques readers' horses in the Practical Horseman Conformation Clinic each month, explains her 'Fits In a Box' Judging System.

To accurately determine your horse's body weight, use a flexible tailor's measuring tape.

How to Tell if Your Horse is Fat

Determining whether your horse is overweight can be dicey, not only because you see him every day and get accustomed to how he looks, but also because you're looking through 'eyes of love.'

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Bob Avila: How to Spot Balance in a Horse

Learn how to spot balance in a horse--and how it can affect athleticism.

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Conformation Clinic: Aged Arabian Mares

Evaluate and place these aged Arabian mares in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: Quarter Horse Geldings

Evaluate and place these 3- and 4-year-old Quarter Horse geldings in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: Quarter-type Geldings

Evaluate and place these aged Quarter-type geldings in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: Aged Mares

Evaluate these aged mares' conformation and place them in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare with an expert horse judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: 4-Year-Old Geldings

Evaluate and place these 4-year-old geldings' conformation in your order of preference. Then see how your choices compare with our expert judge's.

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Conformation Clinic: Western Pleasure Prospects

Evaluate the conformation of these 3-year-old colts and place them in your order of preference for a Western pleasure prospect, then see how your choices compare with our expert judge's.

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Test Your Eye for Horse Conformation

Evaluate the conformation of these three geldings and place them in your order of preference, then see how your choices compare to our expert judge's. Plus, learn how to get your horse into Horse & Rider's next Conformation Clinic.

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EQUUS Consultants: Confirming his Golden Palomino Color

A reader asks EQUUS Magazine to address the issue of 'true' coat color. Is her horse a palomino or what?

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Equine Conformation Faults

An illustrated guide to some common equine conformation faults.

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The Equine Eye

A detailed look at the anatomy of the Equine Eye.