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RE: [RC] Conformation - heidi

Conformation is a whole lot more than legs--and in fact, legs are probably the least of it.  I've yet to see a horse with a poor body that has made it to the top in any sport--and particularly ours.  A good-bodied well-balanced horse will preserve even some pretty horrendous legs.  On the other hand, a poorly-balanced body will soon trash even the best set of legs.
John Henry didn't have particularly good legs--but he had a pretty darn good body.  Had the opportunity to see him in the flesh as an older horse--and he was pretty impressive.

John Henry doesn't have great conformation or even good conformation. In
his early days they ran him on turf because the dirt bothered him. When
he was five he was beating everything on dirt and turf.

I've seen many an endurance horse that wasn't perfectly conformed. I've
seen world class horses that required interference boots or else they
probably couldn't finish a ride.
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