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  • Leg conformation faults in horses
  • Measuring limb conformation in horses

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    11-27-2010, 03:56 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
Unicorn, brilliant for what you have included, however I don't see at any point where you are evaluating for a horses straightness in the forelimb, you say straightness is important but don't explain how to see that.
Being back at the knee or over at the knee are faults.Being back at the knee can be rather serious as it puts additional strain on the tendons and ligaments of the leg making them extremley prone to injury and breakdowns.

Perhaps an edit or addendum to your realy excellent tutorial. (sorry but horses that are back or over at the knee are a perticular pet hate of mine)
Yes you're right, I didn't include them, but they ARE important, I didn't put them here mostly because a lot of people can see those faults (a lot of information about the common leg faults)... it's the basic structure that seem to catch a lot of people up, so that was where my main focus was.

I can try to add them ... along with front and back stuff when I get the time.
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    11-27-2010, 03:57 PM
Posidon - can you tell me what everything means now that you have it all there?
    11-27-2010, 04:15 PM
Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn    
Posidon - can you tell me what everything means now that you have it all there?
You know. I don't really remember. I tried to do it in order, but I did it last night and meant to change it and fell asleep. Like I said, I did it wrong.

(Side comment: I've had less than 11 hours of sleep since about noon on yeah. I'm kind of out of it. )
    11-27-2010, 05:16 PM
I wish I wasn't so stupid with paint programs, but I'll try and figure it out. I'd love to do this with my new horse when he comes and I can get some decent pictures of him.

Any suggestions for freeware paint programs that will run on a mac?
    11-27-2010, 06:03 PM
I don't have a mac, so I'm pretty useless. I seem to recall, from years ago, that Mac had a decent "pre loaded" Paint or Photo program which would work... but I don't really know - sorry.

Poseidon - it doesn't really matter what "order" you do it in. I know a lot of people who actually work hindquarter forward, and others who prefer to do a nose-tail... if you have the measurements, then the correlations are the same, regardless of which order you tackle them in.
    11-27-2010, 06:03 PM
I'm addicted to this now, I've so far done 4 horses! Thank you so much for this tutorial, it's excellent! Arthur's the only one I've been able to use a good conformation photo for....I need to take proper confo pics of them soon

I've got all the measurements saved if you'd like to see them :)
    11-27-2010, 06:04 PM
Green Broke
Now I prefer using my eye to look at a horse and concider myself to have a fairly good eye for what constitutes a nice, well put together riding horse however I thought that for curiositys sake i'd try the lines way.
Unicorn, can you please check that I have the points in the right place before I start measureing

Oh and can someone please measure the angles for me.
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    11-27-2010, 06:10 PM
Faye, if you download BitRuler it will measure the angle of a single line. If you need to do the angle between the humerus and shoulder, measure both lines and add them together.

I'm going to try my mini mare....
    11-27-2010, 06:12 PM
Green Broke
Equiniphile, i'm on a company computer and I don't have the nessecary authority to download the programme.
    11-27-2010, 06:31 PM

I've put a black line on my example horses - mid shoulder blade (center of shoulder blade??... well the picture is there so you can see).

I've made that line totally verticle, no angle (I hope), and now to see how correct the front leg is.

In a perfect horse this line would intersect with the middle of the knee joint, the middle of the fetlock and the heel. Devation from this plumbline is going to cause strain on the horse's leg, the amount of strain will, like everything else, be connected to the other points of conformation the horse has, so in many horses a little bit of deviation is often compensated for elsewhere in the body.

The plumbline is only going to be accurate if the horse is standing well. If the horse is leaning forward (or standing under itself) or stretched out front you're not going to get a true idea of how the leg is lining up.

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