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Parts of the Horse

Learn to identify the parts horse, learn about conformation, & the parts of the hoof

What Is Conformation?

A horse’s conformation is the way a horse is built.

Good conformation improves movement and performance, allows for smoother gaits and makes horses and ponies less likely to go lame.

Parts of the Horse

The diagram below shows many of the names of the parts of horses.

Parts of the Horse


Horse & Skeleton Overlay

Drag the slider below to see an illustration of the skeletal structure of a horse.

Horse With Bad Conformation

Conformation Faults

  • Large course head
  • Small “pig eyes”
  • Narrow jaw
  • Small nostrils
  • Short neck
  • Dips on the top & bulges on the bottom (ewe neck)
  • Short, upright shoulders
  • High withers
  • Sway back
  • Goose rump
  • Tail set too low
  • Short, upright pasterns
  • Camped under hindlegs
  • Pasterns with too much slope

Good Conformation

  • Large kind eyes
  • Wide Jaw
  • Large nostrils
  • Medium-length neck that is slightly arched
  • Long, sloping shoulder
  • Well-muscled back
  • Pasterns a medium length and slope

Play the Parts of the Horse Game

See if you can name the parts of the horse.

Click on the plus symbol to see if you are correct.

Parts of the Hoof

Parts of the hoof

Play the Parts of the Hoof Game

Drag the name of the part of a horse’s hoof to the correct location. Check your results below to see how you did!

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