Evaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping & Event Prospects
Veterinarian, judge, and 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.
The way a horse is physically built – his conformation – tells you a lot about the riding sport or discipline for which he is best suited. With a well trained eye, you can see his strengths and his weaknesses, and therefore determine how you train him, on which areas to focus, the techniques best chosen to improve his skills, and methods that should be used (or avoided) in order to maintain the horse’s health and soundness.
Not as dry-as-dust textbook on horse conformation but instead a fascinating insight into how to assess a horse’s make, shape and movement and thereby recognize his strengths and weaknesses, from head to hoof.
Written for those involved in riding, training or breeding today’s competition horses, and especially valuable for anyone wishing to buy a horse for a chosen discipline.
Author Notes: Christian Schacht is a riding instructor and breeding and horse management expert certified by the German National Equestrian Federation (FN). Since 2006, he has been the Breeding Director for the International Sporthorse Registry and Oldenburg Registry North America. Schacht teaches equine sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.