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post #1 of 4 Old 04-05-2013, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Not necesserally a critique as much as a question

We bought this gelding over the winter, he was thin and just off a bad colic that needed tubed twice. He is good weight now and has his zest back. He was used for trails all of his 8/10 year life, hunting, parades etc.... Good ride. My question isn't so much confo, but shoulder. His are HUGE! I know these wont be conformation pictures. They aren't intended to be. But I think they show the shoulder. Is he a freak? Off somehow and really using his forehand? On that note he does nice rollbacks. And drives from the hind. Or??? He's muscled clear up and over the withers. I know, great pictures they are not. And he's standing wonky. But as mentioned its the chest/shoulder I'm asking about.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-05-2013, 12:21 AM
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Ok, no conformation expert am I......know the basics, but there are some real experts here! So I will leave it up to them on their thoughts of the shoulders there......however, I thought of this thread, it's about pasterns (notching to do with your horses pasterns!) but look at the shoulder on the horse in the's massive, and I think I actually commented on it.......

Horse sets back on pasterns at canter- what does that mean?
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I see the similarities in the chest and shoulder for sure! Ours does not have that drop of pastern though.
I'm glad you could see what I was talkin about in the pictures. And thank you for the link and input.
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Generally, a large shoulder is a great trait. It will help create a longer, more swinging stride. (Which is then further aided or taken from by shoulder slope and angle, and from there the rest of the front limb)

Part of your guy's muscle mass over his shoulder may be that he is downhill in build. (I can't tell if he is very downhill or if he's just standing on sloped ground)

Now, a large shoulder can make correct saddle fit a bit challenging, since a properly fitted saddle should not interfere with a horse's shoulder, but larger shoulders need more space to rotate, which can force the decision whether to place the saddle too far back or on the scapula. When you have a large shoulder on a very short backed horse this can add even more challenge.
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