I am really enjoying reading the posts on this discussion. Could any of you recommend some good books or other sources of information that I could learn even more from regarding conformation and such?
I like Deb Bennett's work. Through analysis she shows and explains using photos and drawings along with using photoshop to show and explain differences per individuals. Many authors are now referencing her work.
Bennett wrote a series for Equus magazine. This has been really informative. The complete series started October 2009.
Equus Vol 390 - March 2010 - The coupling
Equus Vol 404 - May 2011- The hinquarter in perspective
Equus Vol 405 - June 2011 - Developing an eye for the total hind limb
Equus Vol 406 - July 2011 - The shocking truth about sickle hocks
Equus Vol 407 - August 2011 - What's behind that stance
Equus Vol 410 - November 2011 - The spiral hind limb
Equus Vol 411 - December 2011 - 8 common hock problems
Equus Vol 412 - January 2012 - Hocks: you be the judge
Subsequent segments in the series analyse the shoulder/front end and then huge detail into the hoof. Prior segments are about the body in general including the neck and head.
Bennett wrote her first Equus series in the 1980s and she put those segments into a series of 3 volumes (small paperbacks; 1988). I read this series in 1994 and it explained and helped me understand the non-standardisation attributes I was seeing / feeling in not only my own but other's horses! This was at a time I was tempted to take the judges' exam; Bennett's work was recommended reading material. The recent Equus series is the latest of her work and subsequent knowledge. It will be interesting to see if this work gets published as a separate book(s). She also has a DVD set on conformation which is also worthwhile.
yes, Bennett can be a provocatrix!