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    08-17-2012, 07:23 AM
Question Conformation Words

What does all these horsey sayings mean in the conformation?
'Body is deep through girth mean'
'Sloping hindquarters'
'Upright shoulders'
'Long sloping shoulders'
'Rounded hindquarters'
'Deep round body'

Some I can guess at but proper information would be more useful!
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    08-17-2012, 09:59 AM
Green Broke
Body is deep through girth mean' means the distance from the top of the back to the belly just behind the elbows has good depth (where the girth would go if the horse were saddled). A horse with good girth depth is thought to have more stamina as there is room for a larger heart and lungs.

'Sloping hindquarters' the slope from the peak of the croup to the tail head or the point of the buttock.

'Upright shoulders' an angel to the shoulder blade that is steeper than 45 degrees.

'Long sloping shoulders' The shoulder blade (from withers to point of shoulder is long and shallower than 45 degrees.

'Rounded hindquarters' As opposed to flat, under muscled or weak in musculature.

'Deep round body' a body type with adequate heart girth and good spring to the ribs.
kctop72 likes this.
    08-17-2012, 11:02 AM
Thumbs up

Thanks so much that has cleared a lot up!

    08-18-2012, 11:02 AM
Rather than starting a new thread I thought I'd post here.
What does 'cowhocked' and 'over at the knee mean'?
    08-18-2012, 11:17 AM
    08-18-2012, 11:22 AM

Justwingit, I hope these posters help. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think over at the knee is the same as bucked knee? That's what I have read anyways.

Anyhow, I love these posters, I use them all the time to study
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    08-18-2012, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
FWIW the first picture in the rear view of the hind legs of the horse is NOT correct. A horse needs to toe out a bit like Image "B" or the stifle will not clear the belly. The hind leg is a spiral construction that acts like a spring. Horse with legs like "A" will need to swing the entire leg wide and the leg will be inefficient as a thruster (which is part of what the hind leg does). The splay footed "C" image is true cow hocks.

Just sayin'
Tryst likes this.
    08-19-2012, 02:36 AM
Ahh thank you! Very helpful to have the pictures instead of just an explanation!!!!:)
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