Thursday, July 25, 2019

Horse Joint Angles Set by Genetics

"Science is bringing a new angle to equine morphology evaluations," according to a recent article on Specifically, some joint angles have built-in limitations due to genetics. According to experts, this knowledge should probably inform all conformation analysis and also training decisions.

A new study from the Agroscrope national agricultural research center and Swiss National Stud finds that horse conformation angles at the head, neck and elbow are governed by genetics and can indicate performance and health. Annik Gmel, PhD believes adding the measurement of these joint angles to conformation judging would improve evaluation of horse morphology, as well as helping owners design training to suit their horse’s natural limitations.

This is interesting news for trainers, especially of dressage horses, and it will be interesting to see if the breed registries take this research into account in their conformation analysis.

To read the report, click here.

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