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  • Longer pasterns in smooth gaited horses
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    10-01-2008, 11:55 AM
Smooth ride??

How to define whether horse is smooth to ride (without trying it :) )?
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    10-01-2008, 02:53 PM
Well, in my experience, most horses who have flat backs are smoother than those that don't. It really depends though.
    10-01-2008, 03:04 PM
Hmmm...depends on the horse lol if someone is riding the horse and you are watching then look at the rider see how much they are being bounced around or look at...if its a girl...look at her hair and see how much it is moving, sometimes that works sometimes it doesnt lol
    10-01-2008, 03:53 PM
I was wondering because the man who suppose to be guru in horses in my area said my qh should be VERY bumpy because of the long pasterns. Somehow her pasterns don't look long to me. Plus she's one of the most smooth horses I rode (Im' not talking about gaited here ) and I'm not NOT an experienced rider (my paint is bumpy though... lol!).
    10-01-2008, 04:01 PM
Well like I said it depends on the horse, she might have long pasterns but she might set her feet differently or she might spring smoothly off her feet, its all in the horse lol
    10-01-2008, 06:49 PM
I heard it depends on the angle of their shoulder. 45 degress=smooth, more vertical or horizontal=bouncy. That's why people sometimes say a horse has "good riding shoulders."
    10-02-2008, 06:36 AM
Yes, I heard that too, but always was confused what means "shoulder angle".
    10-06-2008, 05:57 PM

I used to be able to tell by looking at a gaited horse how much reach they would have in front and be able to get up under themselves in the back. I haven't looked at anyone but my girls in so long I've forgotten.
It has to do with drawing a line from the point of shoulder to top of wither to elbow for reach and point of hip to stiffle to point of rump for the rear. Don't quote me on those, its been awhile.
How the angles of the triangles open up is suppose to give you some idea of the horses ability to have a smooth gait.
I'll see if I can find more and post it if I do.
    10-09-2008, 05:15 PM
Longer pasterns = smooth ride! My second horse's pasterns were a whopping 2.5'' long and his back was flat also. Omg he jarred us to death. One heck of a horse though. My first horse was flat backed with long pasterns he was smooth also.i look at their pasterns also their shoulders. We also have a sweyed backed horse that has nice long pasterns & is more comfortable that a million dollar rocking chair. I would not buy a horse unless I could ride it and put it through all of their gates!
    10-15-2008, 11:53 AM
Good conformation, where everything lines up at the proper angle. And I agree, my horse has long pasterns too and she's sooo comfy.

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