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    04-23-2009, 07:53 AM
Straight shoulder?

I hear this term all the time. I asked couple people (who deals with horses a lot), but they didn't give me a definite answer. So.... What mean "straight shoulder"? How to see whether the horse has one?

I'm not sure it's a right place for the thread, but I'm not sure which one is.
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    04-23-2009, 11:03 AM
Horse A has a nice sloping shoulder and horse C has a very straight shoulder. It can create a rougher ride and cause problems with front end agility.

    04-23-2009, 11:43 AM
Oh, I see... Thanks for posting those!

Does the horse with straight shoulder ALWAYS give a rough ride?
    04-23-2009, 11:51 AM
What you are looking for is a 45 degree angle from the point of chest to the top of his withers. More than 45 and the ride will be choppier. There are other factors such as the angle of his pasterns but the shoulder is the main feature to look at.
    04-23-2009, 11:57 AM
Thanks, iride!

Is that true that long pasterns also give the rough ride?
    04-23-2009, 02:18 PM
You want a sloping shoulder preferably.
    04-23-2009, 02:42 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    

Is that true that long pasterns also give the rough ride?
Straight pasterns do. You want an angle there as well as the shoulder.
    04-23-2009, 02:49 PM
Great thread! Conformation is 1 thing I am completely daft about!

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Walk me thorugh it! Educate me!

    04-23-2009, 02:51 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Straight pasterns do. You want an angle there as well as the shoulder.
Yes, but if your pasterns are too long they cause strain and make it harder for a horse to recover in dicsiplines such as jumping. You want pasterns to be a medium length, 45 degrees in the front and 55 degrees in the back... just to get technical.
    04-23-2009, 03:25 PM
Is that why Draft Crosses don't last long physcially, because their pasturns are shorter due to the pulling aspect of their breeding?

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