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post #1 of 10 Old 11-01-2010, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Poll at the Highest Point

So I'm a little confused. My understanding is that, in dressage, the poll is supposed to be the highest point. My question is: Does that include the crest/ muscles of the neck or is it talking about the skeletal structure of the neck?

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It only refers to the skeletal structure of the neck. Many horses are so cresty that in order to have the visible poll the highest point, the horse would have to be inverted.
An easy way to tell without interpolating the bone structure is to see if the neck muscles are "smooth" or "broken".

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Ok, thank you for clearing that up.
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Please note that the poll is the boney protrusion at the upper end of the skull and is the area directly behind and at the base of the ears.

In the image of Toby, notice where the crown of the bridle lays, this is the poll...................

This is the region that is to be the highest point no matter any other physical things such as a fatty crest.
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I think the OP understood that, it can just be confusing (especially to dressage noobs like myself) who see the crest appearing to be higher than the poll in even properly ridden dressage horses. (Like the example Anabel posted). :)
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To the OP...this topic was discussed here.

The Highest Point Poll

Might want to look at what has already been said to widen your understanding.
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This is the region that is to be the highest point no matter any other physical things such as a fatty crest.
It is the bone that must be the highest point of the horse's skeletal structure. Cresty horses can still be poll high and have crest that is higher than their ears.

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To the OP...this topic was discussed here.

The Highest Point Poll

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understanding.
I had looked at that thread, and then I got confused, so I had to ask.
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I had looked at that thread, and then I got confused, so I had to ask.
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I know one of my pictures in that thread disappeared so my post looks a bit disjointed.
Read up on it on ultimate dressage (where the two pictures I posted in this thread are from).

Anyways, the rule book refers to the skeletal poll as the highest point. Any fatty deposits along the crest are ignored. The best way to tell if the horse is correctly "on the bit" is to look at the shape of the musculature of the neck.
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I know one of my pictures in that thread disappeared so my post looks a bit disjointed.
Read up on it on ultimate dressage (where the two pictures I posted in this thread are from).

Anyways, the rule book refers to the skeletal poll as the highest point. Any fatty deposits along the crest are ignored. The best way to tell if the horse is correctly "on the bit" is to look at the shape of the musculature of the neck.
Thanks, I'll have to look.

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