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In looking at the horse with a view to performance and soundness, there are two structures, the skeleton and the musculature systems, which move the horse. The body of the horse should be as near as possible to correct conformation for durability.MoreIn looking at the horse with a view to performance and soundness, there are two structures, the skeleton and the musculature systems, which move the horse. The body of the horse should be as near as possible to correct conformation for durability. Obviously, perfection is hard to find and many conformation faults may rule out a horse destined to be a top performer. Correct limb conformation is the subject of many discussions and debates. However, the design and function of the whole horse is equally relevant, if not more important.There once was a time that the farrier was confronted by other equine professionals for looking above the coronet. Today, most equine professionals understand that what we do to the feet greatly affects the whole horse. We also need to recognize that what occurs up top of the horse also affects the feet. Therefore, in respect to performance and soundness, all equine professionals must look at the whole horse.Identifying limb length disparities should be done by a qualified equine professional and will include a thorough evaluation of the conformation, muscles, skeletal structure, movement, and attitude of the horse. Recognition and treatment of limb length disparities has remained a very controversial topic among equine professionals. It is the purpose of this book to discuss the often unrecognized muscle and postural imbalances of limb length disparities that result in loss of performance and the potential source of many lameness. It also discusses how to perform a traditional–holistic approach to resolving these muscle and postural imbalances.The information in this book will help the open-minded veterinarian, farrier, and horse owner to look at the whole horse, identify and understand what they are looking at, and learn how to go about treating the horse who suffers from a functional limb length disparity.