Conformation of Forelimbs ( Side )

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The Conformation of a horse Forelimbs as viewed from the side , can be assessed from the following diagrams by comparing the movement of the axis X-X and Y-Y in relation to the datum axis A-A.

1 = " Regular Conformation "

2 = " Under Himself at Front " . This conformation shortens the base of support and so equilibrium is less stable.         The horse is therefore more likely to fall upon its knees.

3 = " Camped in Front " . The base of support is lengthened , rendering equilibrium more stable but probably reducing speed.

4 = " Hollow Knee " . May give rise to extra strain on the ligaments behind the knee and back tendons.

5 = " Over at the Knee " A horse with such a conformation may be liable to stumble and fall upon its knees.








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