I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post such an excellent, thorough tutorial... I will learn a LOT from this. I really appreciate your generosity in sharing your knowledge and admire your ability to present the material in such an accessible, clear manner. You are to be applauded!
I can't draw the lines for my new girl, not that great on a computer, but here she is if anyone else wants a practice horse....
Don't worry you won't hurt my feelings, I thinks she's the greatest and nothing anyone says will change that....LOL
So... long sloping shoulder, short back (I was surprised, he always looks long in the back when I look at him), high in the withers (but he is part TB) and a little downhill and a bit long in the illium in comparison to the hip and femur. But otherwise pretty normal (just fat as anything... in the process of remedying this!!)?
Can I add a couple. Let me note the neck on the pali is compressed I think he thought she wanted him to back and on both legs are off and not square but these were just photos lying around. Both are QH. The bay is 15 hands, the pali 15.3 I also just guessed on Shoulder Slope and Angle - if someone could help me measure?
These are the numbers for the pali.
Body Length 95
Shoulder Length 40
Shoulder Angle 90
Shoulder Slope 50
Dr Deb Bennet does a wonderful conformational analysis. She tells you what effect the changes in the horses conformation make in his movement. For example the length and angle of the humerous can determine how far the horse can reach out with his front legs and lift his knees.
She has written several books and has a nice website.