12-10-2011, 03:38 AM
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I know from personal experience what bad shoulder angles can do to a ride. Your best hope is to train her to collect and go slowly for the smoothest ride. Because of the shoulder angle, the front legs have an up and down motion with little reach. None of the gaits are going to bring rider comfort if you try for speed.
For many years my dad was convinced that he wasn't a very good rider because he couldn't sit a walk or canter, but it was the poor conformation of the mare he always rode. After he finally rode a different horse, he learned all about how smooth a ride could be. The mare with the bad angles was bred once, and we completely lucked out that the filly had nice conformation and comfortable gaits.
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