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For Better or For Worse: A Relationship Between Equine Conformation and Lameness

Student: Emma Bush

District/Region: Chignecto Central Region

Event: 2011 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Grade 9 - North Colchester High School

My hypothesis stated: The poorer the conformation (how a horse is put together) that a horse has, the higher the risks of developing lameness (disability of movement). My purpose was to discover if equine lameness is related to conformational defects. I created a simple scoring system for conformation and lameness and looked at 15 horses. Using this scoring system I developed my results. I discovered that there is a strong link between poor conformation and lifetime lameness and proved my hypothesis not untrue. Conformation in the hooves/legs does not make a horse lame but predisposes it towards lameness.
  • Excellence Award - Intermediate- Bronze Medal
  • Western University Entrance Scholarship $1000
Total: $1,300




Emma Bush

Emma Bush - For Better or For Worse: A Relationship Between Equine Conformation and Lameness

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