- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Wooden Horse Books (December 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961131438
- ISBN-13: 978-0961131432
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Principles of Conformation Analysis Volume III Paperback – December, 1996
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In this third volume in the best-selling conformation series, Dr. Deb discusses the horse at both ends-hindquarters and head. Here you will find more than 100 photographs of horses of many different breeds, making this one of the most densely informative books on horse conformation ever published; "lab exercises" drawn from Dr. Deb's files which offer practical help in evaluating your own horse; the secrets--- and the special requirements--- of the horse's unique hind-limb "stay" system; the interior architecture of beautiful equine heads; and comprehensive, easy-to-use methods for analyzing hind legs. This book will help improve your "eye" for conformation.
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The author is a vertebrate paleontologist and natural-history researcher at the Smithsonian, according to the back cover, and contributes regularly to a variety of equine publications. I know that she initially impressed me as extremely authoritative, and the contents of this series bears that out.
I'm not quite sure why the publisher opted to put this material into a 3-book series, as the total is under 300 pages. I can say that the slim individual volumes are easy to pack and bring along, however.
The contents of the 3 books are:
Volume 1 (major chapter headings)
- What kind of animal is a horse?
- Balance and bascule
- The ring of muscles
- The body mosaic
- How to look at a horse
- In order to form a more perfect union
Volume 2 covers
- How to look at a horse's back
- How to look at a horse's neck
- How to look at a horse's forequarter
- How to look at a horse's hindquarter
- How to look at a horse's head
- Extremeties and the center
These headings barely hint at the rich detail included, however. Every conformation point, sub-point, major anatomical structure, etc. is illustrated with drawings and black-and-white photos. Faults are illustrated as well as good conformation. Multiple examples are shown for most. The combination of basic anatomy, conformation comments and instruction, and horse-to-horse comparisons and analysis yields very thorough instruction. Read through this series and I can assure you that you will have a very solid foundation for your own conformation analyses. You'll never quite look at a horse the same way again!
Buy all 3 - there's no point in buying the individual volumes. The other two are here Principles Of Conformation Analysis Volume I (Volume 1) and here Principles of Conformation Analysis Volume II (Volume II).