Originally Posted by Shadow157
Thanks! Im not very good at conformation so that makes me smile! What does straight through the front legs mean though?? And I had never noticed that he leaned on his left shoulder, and you said naturally. Is that a normal thing not to be concerned about??? Did you come to that conclusion by looking at the pic on him straight on? And if so, could it possibly be his coloring in that left leg being an illusion, or is there something in the actual shoulder I don't know to recognize?
Thanks again for the great critique :0)
Too straight through the leg refers to there not being enough 'pop' in the knee. If he was any straighter we'd have to call him calf-kneed. It's typical of his breeding and just means that the knee takes more pressure than if the leg was designed more correctly. We don't usually concern ourselves too much about it, unless you were wanting the horse to be a GP jumper, or a racehorse...then it's a big issue.
However, with that crooked left front, that adds a bit more concern...so you'll really not want to let him go around on his forehand. The more he pounds the front end, the more he becomes susceptible to splints, arthritis and things of that nature.
He leans on his left shoulder in pretty much every photo. Natural for a horse to carry more weight on one front leg over the other...it's one of the things we work to fix in our daily riding in the quest for symmetry. Think of it as one-sided posture. Everybody has a dominant leg, the one they tend to step forward with first, the one they tend to stand and lean on...it's like that. It also appears as if that left front foot is different than the rest, narrower and with more heel?
It's just something to take note of and work towards remedying in your riding to encourage soundness and longevity.