Browse Online Catalog



   Barn Building

   Breeding & Pedigree

   Buying Horses

   Christmas Cards





   Editor's Choice

   English Riding

   Equine Behavior

   Equine Business

   Feeding & Care





   Pedigree Theory

   People, Places & Horses

   Standardbred Racing

   Thoroughbred Racing

   Training & Conditioning


   Veterinary Care

   Western Riding

   Autographed Books


Shipping Information

Out of Print Books

Horseman's FAQs

Free Items


About Horseinfo

Meet Other Customers

Contact Us


Frequently Asked Questions



Q11)  Can conditioning help to eliminate conformation flaws?

Conditioning and fitness improve overall cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal efficiency.  It is highly unlikely that conditioning would eliminate a conformational flaw; conditioning would help improve the horse's overall performance.  With the proper conditioning, a horse should be able to perform the work for which its conformation best suited. Conformational flaws are limiting factors which predispose a horse to lameness or unsoundness.  Some conformational points enhance a horse's performance in a particular discipline.

There are many types of conditioning exercises that target a specific area to compensate for a specific conformation point.  For example, lengthening and stretching exercises of the back and neck compensate for the reduced muscular efficiency in elevating the back of a horse with a short croup.  Conversely, minimal corrections can be made for a sway back since the ligaments are lax and unable to tighten.  Exercises should be focused on abdominal and haunch muscular development.

There are many excellent resources available.  In addition to the list below, visit the Conformation area of the online catalog for more information.

Back to Conformation Index    

Comments or suggestions? Send them to 


[ Home | Browse | Ordering & Shipping | Contact Us | Editor's Choice | Privacy ]

Copyright © 1999-2016  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 
No material may be reproduced or republished without written permission of The Russell Meerdink Co., Ltd.  
1555 S. Park Ave.  Neenah, WI  54956  920-725-0955     800-635-6499