and Go Series
conformation-as defined by almost everyone-is often times not exactly
what you want in your performance horse.
"The best conformation," says Don Blazer in his newest
Know and Go Series e-booklet "is the conformation which gets
you the performance you want. And good conformation by the usual
standards may not get the job done."
Blazer explains the standards of conformation established by most
breed associations are related to the horse's efficiency of movement
and not to specific performances.
"Yes," Blazer agrees, "what is called good conformation
also has a direct bearing on soundness in most cases. But soundness
and efficiency of movement may not be the most desirable traits
for specific performances," Blazer points out. "Today's
winning western pleasure horse is not the epitome of soundness and
efficient movement. And the best conformation for a gaited horse
is not the best conformation for a jumper."
According to Blazer certain conformations are best for certain performances.
"Today we breed for specific exercises. A horse which is built
to slide 20 feet has very different hindquarters conformation from
a horse which will excel at endurance racing," Blazer said.
The Know and Go Series is made up of e-booklets available only on
the Internet at www.donblazer.com. The booklets are priced at $4.95
each. The series includes e-booklets on bits, shoeing, nutrition
and behavior modification.
"The series is intended to give the busy horse owner the information
needed to both understand a subject and to get immediate positive
results when applying that understanding. "You can study conformation
or bits or nutrition for years and enjoy every minute of your research
and effort. And we encourage that. We also know
horse owners are pressed for time and need accurate, helpful information
at their fingertips now. And that's what the Know and Go Series
For example, Blazer said, study your horse and really look at his
nostrils. Are they large? Are they small? The size of the nostril
affects the horse's air flow. Horse's with small nostrils are not
going to get as much air, so they may have trouble with racing,
cutting, jumping or eventing. Study the horse's neck and by understanding
its length and shape you'll be better able to select an event suited
to that horse's natural talents.
Most horse owners don't have the time to study every little detail
of conformation, so the Know and Go series gives them what they
need to know to get results, now. The information is presented quickly,
easily and in an entertaining manner.
Visitors to www.donblazer.com
can download a free e-booklet, Bits-A Quick Look, and take a Horse
Smart Quiz. The site also offers information about college certificate
programs for online courses including Training Performance Horses
and Coat Color Genetics.