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Sport Horse Conformation: Evaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping and Eventing Prospects [Hardcover]

Christian Schacht
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Oct. 15 2012
The way a horse is physically built—its conformation—reveals a lot about the discipline for which it is best suited, and this reference provides detailed advice on selecting horses specifically for competition in internationally recognized sports. Sport horse breeding authority Christian Schacht presents a new and easy-to-use system for evaluating the conformation of the sport horse, with special attention on dressage, jumping, and eventing prospects. Amateur and professional riders, breeders, veterinarians, trainers, and judges will all benefit from this method based on recognizing professionally accepted proportions and lines, allowing a well-trained eye to ascertain a horse’s strengths and weaknesses and therefore correctly determine its training and fitness regimens.

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"This book is intended by the author to help the expert with accurate description, the breeder with the selection of a mare's mate, the veterinarian with easier diagnoses, and the judge to recognize the 'ideal.'"—Lone Star Horse Report


"There are innumerable books on horse conformation, but this one stands out because of author Christian Schacht's perspective. Schacht revies each part of the horse's body, detailing the biomechanics, ideal angles and training and management strategies to compensate for conformational deficiencies." —Practical Horseman


"My wait for this book was well worth it. ... [I]t is going to become a classic because of its clarity and its approach. ... What I learned has made my eye sharper; I observe myself quickly able to see the good, the bad, and the impossible." —Mary Daniels, Dressage Today

"Christian Schacht shares his knowledge in this incredibly detailed and educational manual of conformation. ... Whether you are breeding for the sport horse disciplines or trying to find a competitive prospect, this book is a valuable reference guide." —Equine Journal

About the Author

Christian Schacht is a veterinarian, a licensed dressage, eventing, and international show jumping judge, and the breeding director of the International Sporthorse Registry.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Take it or leave it Jan. 29 2013
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I could take or leave this book. I read it cover to cover, and was somewhat disappointed. I found the text leaves something to be desired in terms of clarity. The diagrams/photos were not much better with their often vague captions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! Jan. 6 2013
By J. J. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I like that the author shows quantitative means of measuring the conformation of the horse compared to athletic abilities. This way the reader has a near exact means of discerning the potential of each horse critiqued.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspectives Dec 21 2012
By Beth Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written with good photos and very intense explanations. Not for the faint of heart to read! Some of the author's points are arguable but pretty much an educational book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, clear & concise Jan. 10 2013
By P. Kierkegaard - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly recommended for everyone who seeks to understand warmblood conformation. Written very simply with a nod to the nature of the horse as well. Clear illustrations presented very simply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Feb. 11 2013
By Sarah George - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book on sporthorse conformation, especially how it relates to functionality. Definitely worth a read and it should be a reference for any sporthorse breeder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Oct. 14 2013
By A. Knox - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning the details of sport specific conformation.
Photos and descriptions are clear and easy to understand and will train your "eye" to recognize
the desired natural symmetry in horses, and their potential to be successful athletes. Read it before you buy your next horse !
I found it fascinating and I've had horses for over 40 years...it's now part of my collection of equine reference books. Dr Schacht is a respected and in-demand clinician and guest speaker in the USA, not to mention also the breeding director for the Oldenburg North America registry. He knows his stuff.
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