Originally Posted by Sara
Smooth gaits have more to do with the angle of the shoulder and length of the humerus. Other aspects can contribute as well, such as the croup angle, or a roach back, or a short back. But from my reading, I've found the first two to be major factors: a horse with a short back can definitely create a smooth gait if other factors are good.
This is an excellent point. I forget the rest of the package....
I have been blessed with a very well put together mare who threw a very very nicely put together colt. Best legs I have ever seen. < bangs own drum. LOL The farriers all drool over him.> Too bad I can't repeat the breeding.