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post #1 of 9 Old 01-12-2008, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Western - Short , English - Long ?

I know that most Western riders look for a short backed horse. I was watching AQHA presents on RFDTV and noticed that the English horses seem to have much longer backs than that of the Western style horses. I did consider the saddle sizes but I didn't really see much of a change in my "hypothesis".

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-12-2008, 01:35 PM
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I really do not know lol. But i can assume that maybe english horses have or look for longer backs because like when a horse jumps it is easier to get over the fence or something lol, i sound like an idiot lol

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I think its those tiny little saddles that make the horses back look longer

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Well as long as it's just the aqha. Otherwise you may just be noticing breed characteristics.

With western it really depends. Most of them are more compact but often horses with longer backs can exhibit the movement that we aim for in pleasure.

With any quarter horse, were going for this look 8)

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I hope I don't sound critical because I am no expert on AQHA so maybe you can give me your thoughts on something Tim. If Zippo Pine Bar is supposed to be a perfect quarter horse then I notice a few drastic differences in the bone structure in comparing the picture you posted. Zippo displays a longer hip bone in the same profile as your displayed picture and also Zippo's head is smaller in proportion. It may be me just being nit picky having been on a judging team but I would like some input on the differences if you know as to why they would be that different. Thanks

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-13-2008, 01:33 AM
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I personally like a nice short back! Did you give any consideration to height? A lot of thoroughbreds/warmbloods are much taller than stock horses, so overall they might be larger (and not disporportionately so in the back)..? But I've never heard that, I ride English (occaisionally WP on my gelding, thats what he's naturally best at, but I prefer English) and i prefer a short back over a long one.

That's interesting.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-18-2008, 12:30 AM
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I am a WP and English person and in both diciplines I like a short back. I feel a shorter back is a stronger back. Looking at it this way.

Let say there are two boards are an inch thick. One board is ten feet long while the other is five feet long. Lets say we lay them on a stack of bricks three feet high or something. Walking across the five foot long board, it will bend less and feel more stiff under your feet. The TEN foot board will bend and if you are heavy enough crack or threaten to break.

I'm not saying you're break your Thoroughbreds back lol, but I feel safer on a short-backed horse because I feel like I'm less damaging.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-20-2008, 09:25 AM
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Short backs are always better, english saddles tend to make backs look longer. However, some events, such as reining and cutting, its near impossible to show a long backed horse, while english is a little more tolerant of long back, in my opinion.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-27-2008, 01:39 PM
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Long and short backs

The english saddle is a big part of why english horses appear to have longer backs. Also, tbs are widely used in english riding and they are known to have longer backs.
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