SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION – by Christian Schacht

Sport Horse Conformation Christian SchachtEvaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping and Event Prospect.

This is an excellent book written by Christian Schacht, that should guide us all, who aspire to breeding sport horses. Christian Scharcht himself was inspired by Alfred Knopfhart who, in his book Beurteilung und Auswahl von Reitpferden reminds us to be humble and scolds the “fault finders”, who recognise them but do not know how to assess them. He explicitly cautions the reader not to reduce the horse to his individual parts and then reassemble him. The horse is an organism, not a “mechanism”. Therefore, Knopfhart defined evaluation as follows: “Evaluation does not mean to find fault at all costs, but instead to recognise faults and virtues in conformation and temperament and use these to draw reliable conclusions regarding the horse’s performance. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]