While we cannot change a horse’s conformation, we can affect the development of muscles and the horse’s posture.
Conformation being the way the horse looks not how the horse stands.
We can develop, promote and strengthen good posture which is essential for good biomechanics which not only enhances performance but increase resilience to injury.
Horse muscles and human muscles operate the same way — we are engaging muscles just to stand, and engaging different muscles depending on how we stand. The muscles we engage the majority of the time are going to be strengthened and reinforced. The greater the frequency and duration with which muscles and developed, the harder it is to change that muscle memory.
Just like a human exercising with a bad posture will lead to injury, horses being worked with bad posture will inevitably succumb to injury. I believe this is a common cause of intermittent lameness.The Equestrian Osteopath
When it comes to good health how does your horse stand?