The Horse Conformation Handbook

Why you should definitely read it... AND...
Have a copy of the Horse Conformation Handbook permanently on your Coffee Table.

So over the past year I've been diving deep into a Horse Book...

And no, it's not Thelwell's Riding Academy!

Although I have had great fun reading through that as well :-)

And it has had some great pointers to important decisions...


And also some advice on the subject of the book I am going to talk about...

Okay, enough of the jokes. Here's what I've been reading and loving...

And that has also made such a huge difference to my decisions on what horses to buy, BUT also towards understanding why some of my horses have limitations and problems...

The Horse Conformation Handbook,
by Heather Smith Thomas

The Horse Conformation Handbook: Why it Should be on Your Coffee Table

Firstly, let's just get the Elephant in the room out of the way...

This is not a handbook.

It is an unbelievably comprehensive resource on Conformation.

And definitely not a book you can carry around with you.

But one that will give you all the knowledge you need to judge a horse for it's athletic potential, and to understand what it's potential downfalls or weaknesses are.

It starts off...

  • By comprehensively covering the Anatomy and Principles of Conformation.
  • Then takes your right through the Practical Evaluation of a Horse, with tips and specifics about body angles and proportions to check.
  • And finally get's into how to apply what you've learned and how to train your eye (giving case studies).

Anatomy & Principles of Conformation:

Here are the sections she covers:

  1. Basic Anatomy
  2. Head and Neck Conformation
  3. The Teeth
  4. Chest Conformation
  5. Back Conformation
  6. Foreleg Conformation
  7. Hindquarter Conformation
  8. Foot Conformation
The Horse Conformation Handbook: Why it Should be on Your Coffee Table

Evaluating a Horse:

This is where it gets interesting and super valuable.

The sections in here are:

  1. Body Proportions
  2. Body Angles
  3. Height
  4. How a Horse Moves
  5. Athletic Abilitly
  6. Type
  7. Soundness
  8. And finally, the Senior Horse

Ending Off With the Final Section:

Which covers...

  1. Applying What You've Learned
  2. Training Your Eye: Six Case Studies (Super valuable and interesting)

So I Think this Book is Amazing...

But who am I after all... just Gav's little helper :-)

So I thought it would be good to show you what other's have said about this book, straight from Amazon...

Amazon review of the Horse Conformation Handbook
Amazon review of the Horse Conformation Handbook
Amazon review of the Horse Conformation Handbook


Quite simply... Get this book now, read through it completely at least once.

Then put it on your coffee table where you can see it (not on your bookshelf), and refer back to it whenever you need to!

[Thumbs up!] [... That was me giving you a thumbs...When are they going to introduce Emoji's to web-page builders?!?!] :-)

To get a copy of The Horse Conformation Handbook, click the link below:

Or you might be lucky enough to find it in a local book store.


And now it's your turn...

  1. Have you read the Horse Conformation Handbook? What were your thoughts?
  2. And what other books would you recommend we read?

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