November 4, 2012

It’s “conformation,” not “confirmation,” as written in Jonas Shaffer’s article on the farrier, “The shoe must go on” [Sports, Oct. 25]. Horses’ figures are said to “conform” to an ideal for the breed. For example, a “Regular Hunter” is judged solely on its performance. A “Conformation Hunter” is judged also on its body and action and how closely its build meets that of the ideal horse for that purpose.

Diane Williams, Annandale