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Horse Racing/ignoring minor faulty conformation in horses


QUESTION: hello sir. what conformation in a thoroughbred yearling can i ignore if they are not ideal? i mean the face, ears, shoulders, hips?

ANSWER: hi sometimes a horse is noy a perfect made horse, so you can overlook his stance ,like toes in or toes out  too long in the pastern. white hoofs. a lot of stuff that will not make too much difference in their performance.  thnaks ED HESS

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QUESTION: thanks for the answer. then may i know what all points in need to consider judging thoroughbred conformation. the major points i meant.

hi look for the correct conformation that will keep the horse sound while getting ready to train the horse. slant of shoulder length of cannon bones  width of the throat area   correct stance behind  height of croup width of the chest. thanks  ED HESD

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.


Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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