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Limb Anatomy & Physiology

Built to Last: Ideal Equine Conformation

Assessing a horse’s limbs, feet, and body can help you and your veterinarian identify anatomical traits that could end up being performance-affecting liabilities. Learn about the many ways conformation can affect a horse’s soundness in this article excerpt from the November 2020 issue of The Horse.

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Tendons and Ligaments: Anatomy and Physiology

Tendon and ligament injuries often go hand in hand with horses involved in vigorous athletic pursuits. However, many tendon and ligament injuries can be avoided through proper conditioning and training regimens and by not pushing a horse beyond its limits in racing or other competitions.

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Tendons: Keep Them Moving

Like keeping the pistons of an engine lubricated for smooth, easy movement, the tendon sheaths of a horse function similarly by providing a friction-free environment in which tendons can move.

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