Q11) Can conditioning help to eliminate
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.