"A horse's conformation is its overall body shape or form. Conformation has also been described as the relationship between form and function. it ultimately determines how a horse moves and withstands impact-related stress. This in turn affects not only the horse's beauty and presence, but its health and soundness."
From Horse Conformation—Structure, Soundness and Performance
|From Conformation Critique|
Horse Conformation: Structure, Soundness and Performance, Juliet Hedge, DVM. Veterinary Editor and Don Wagoner, Editor. 1999 by Equine Research, Inc. The Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut.