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Rear end conformation

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    03-17-2013, 08:36 AM
Rear end conformation

Hi. I have recently been discussing rear end anatomy and the functional consequences. I would like to hear opinions about the expected movement of this mare. I will post both the undoctored pictures and a picture where I have "painted" in the rear skeletal assembly.

Thanks in advance!


4 years old:

5 years old:

With skeleton:

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    03-17-2013, 09:35 AM
Shes not square-- I don't understand how the skeleton comes into play here because its hard to see what her hind conformation truly is.. the inside leg looks correct, but the outside looks camped under/sickled-- it looks like that on every horse standing that way.

Basically, I don't think its correct.. then again, I don't understand whats goin on?
    03-17-2013, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
Your skeleton is off a bit. The patella is located above where you have it.. you have it located below where it is on this horse (see the shadow above it?).

This horse does not have bad hind leg conformation but what she does have is horribly light bones. Her hocks are small and lack room and she stands a bit oddly behind because she has no heels on her rear feet. She is slipper footed behind so he leg rocks back a bit. Over all she is so light boned... and tied in at the knee to boot.

She is a bit long through the coupling. She has knife withers and her neck set is a bit low in front of her withers. She has an adequate shoulder.

Her biggest fault is bad trimming behind and very very fine/light bones.
    03-18-2013, 02:38 AM
Hi Elena, You are right about the patella. Embarassing! I will fix that. :)

Mostly what I would like to know is not so much what you all see as conformation flaws, but how that translates into movement and function. So take it one step further...

    03-18-2013, 03:18 AM
Cant see skeleton image.
    03-18-2013, 04:58 AM
I removed the skeleton image while I edit it.
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    03-18-2013, 08:07 AM
Green Broke
Skeleton image is still wrong on this computer.

Her hocks are nice and low and she is not built really down hill. Her shoulder will restrict her reach and the height of her knees in front and she appears to have a well enough set hind leg. She may even float at the trot.

I expect she moves OK.
    03-18-2013, 06:31 PM
Here is the corrected rear end skeleton plus the front end. Moving the patella upward created a REALLY long tibia.


    03-18-2013, 06:55 PM
Originally Posted by Elana    
skeleton image is still wrong on this computer.

Her hocks are nice and low and she is not built really down hill. Her shoulder will restrict her reach and the height of her knees in front and she appears to have a well enough set hind leg. She may even float at the trot.

I expect she moves OK.
Agree...but it will be hard for this horse to round the back and use the hind end properly due to the length of back which includes a long loin connection.
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    03-18-2013, 08:48 PM
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I agree GotaDunQH.
OK moving is.. well.. OK. She is not a dressage horse and collection will be difficult due to the long coupling.
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