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    06-10-2010, 07:28 AM
This is what I think of when I hear you say she has "long pasterns." (I do not own this picture and I found it on another public forum)

My mare's pasterns resemble NOTHING similar to this.
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    06-10-2010, 04:06 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Fluke doesn't mean we should assume every slightly talented horse will produce the same.
Breeding is about genetics, genetics is science, there are no flukes, only things that we don't understand, and what we don't understand is huge compared to what we do. Breeding is done based on a whole slew of assumptions which may or may not be correct.
    06-10-2010, 08:41 PM
Her pastern and hoof angle do not match...the pastern is more angled than the hoof. Now this could be due to needing more off the heel and toe, but if she's already a size 0 shoe, I'm not sure how much more you can take off.

Is she desperately weak in the pastern, though? No not yet...but the potential IS there; make for darn sure you always keep her feet in good condition...especially keep her toes from getting too long, as that is only going to add more strain on those pasterns.
    06-10-2010, 09:15 PM
^ I thought the pastern should be the same slope as the shoulder, not the hoof? I may well be wrong, but I had never heard of comparing the hoof angle to the pastern angle.
    06-10-2010, 10:21 PM
I believe all three of those angles should be relatively close to being the same...I have my conformation book packed up due to my move, but will dig it out asap when I get moved this weekend.
    06-10-2010, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
^ I thought the pastern should be the same slope as the shoulder, not the hoof? I may well be wrong, but I had never heard of comparing the hoof angle to the pastern angle.
Hoof angle should always match pastern angle - the problem is when people try to change the angles in beliefs it will make a hardier hoof/pastern.

In my opinion, this mare is a classic example of the last one.
    06-10-2010, 11:15 PM
The bottomside of the pastern should be at a 45degree angle to the ground.
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    06-11-2010, 01:49 AM
Green Broke
She still looks pretty "normal" to me.
    06-13-2010, 01:35 AM
>>>>Fine a very short pasterned stud

Very short pasterns are IMO a bigger issue than somewhat long pasterns, both for soundness and for riding comfort. Plus, breeding short to long does not usually equal medium, which is the most correct-- IMO, the OP would be best off using a stallion with the most correct pasterns if they choose to breed their mare.
    06-13-2010, 11:50 AM
Green Broke

For the record, I was joking.

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