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        06-07-2008, 04:10 AM

    Okay, so I'm sort of new to the forums. My date says I'm not that new, but I haven't really posted anything on here before. I'm planning on posting conformation shots of one of my horses after summer has passed and they're in better shape (the pudgies), but in the meantime I'm skimming the forums. I've been reading some of the critique ones and, while Jazzyrider's post helped a ton in terms of shots and correct picture taking and stuff, I'm kind of stuck on some of the terms you guys use. Examples: "riding on the vertical", "downhill", "uphill". It could just be my lack of English riding knowledge (I'm a western rider), but if you could explain the terms for the conformationally challenged (like me) it'd be much appreciated.
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        06-07-2008, 10:56 AM
    I will let someone more experienced explain on the vertical...

    Downhill means the horse's hindquarters or croup appear to be higher than the withers. Uphill would be the opposite.
        06-07-2008, 01:03 PM
    Vertical means not leaning in or out, aligning the ears, shoulder blades, and pelvis of the horse so they sit horizontal and level.

    (found that on Google) LOL! Feel free to correct that.
    Anyway, when you do take pictures, remember to have the horse standing square & take lots of side shots!
    Hindquarter shots are okay, too. ;) Hope I helped!
        06-07-2008, 06:05 PM
    Riding on the vertical is when a horse has his head bent so that the vertical 'line' running from his ears to his nose is perpendicular to the ground.
    Downhill is bad for a horse to be--if his butt is higher then his withers, it is much harder for the horse to get his butt under his body to lift up his back. He is always moving like he is running 'down a hill'... hence the name. :)
    Some people do not like uphill conformations, but it personally doesn't bother me for certain things.
        06-08-2008, 04:13 AM
    Okay! Thanks guys, that helped a lot.

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