Originally Posted by Icrazyaboutu
Thanks guys! :) the first picture is the most recent, so that's his current level of chunkyness. And PMW- if I have to move away for college next year I'll let you know ;) DC- thanks for the critique! I mostly just trail ride with him so even if he did had a major fault, it wouldn't really be terrible. What effect can a not-enough-sloped shoulder have?
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The shoulder slope as well as the hip slope is what determines the length of your horse's back. A more angled shoulder and hip reduce the length while upright angles make it longer.
The angles also play a role in your horse's movement. With a wider angle, the horse has more range of motion, or ground-covering movement. It is often said that a horse with upright angles will be very 'jarring' and uncomfortable to ride, simply because they are not able to take those longer strides, and are restricted to many short, 'choppy' strides to cover the same ground. That said, there is a lot that can change between the hip and shoulder angles so a horse with not enough in one area MAY compensate in another. But usually the angles go hand in hand- if one is steep, the other is too- just generally, there are many exceptions.
Also, most horses have this. It is not uncommon. IMO, nature doesn't care if a horse is a smooth mover- just that they can run soundly and stay sound. So it won't affect your horse's health or happiness. It's just a way we humans have of 'picking' over the lot, lol