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post #171 of 174 Old 06-11-2017, 04:43 PM
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Very cool, thank you for the program!

I never bothered to do this before, although I've read parts of the thread. But your program made it so easy! "If" I got my dots in the right place. Are they okay?

So here goes!

Measurement Ideal Your Horse
Shoulder / Body Length minimum 33% 45%
Humerous / Shoulder Length 50% - 60% 47%
Shoulder Slope 40° - 55° 53°
Shoulder Angle 100° 107°
Forearm / Humerous Length 98% or more 162%
Cannon / Forearm Length 50% - 75% 69%
Pastern / Cannon Length 30% - 50% 39%
Illium / Body Length 33% or less 29%
Femur / Illium Length 100% 103%
Back / Body Length 50% or less 40%
Ribcage / Back Length 98% or more 124%
Neck / Body Length 30% - 50%% 60%
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post #172 of 174 Old 06-11-2017, 05:04 PM
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I'm not a great judge of the placement of the dots yet myself, so I'll let someone else answer that but I do notice a bug with the shoulder angle calculation that I'll have to correct later today when I'm back at my computer. Thanks for giving it a try :)
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post #173 of 174 Old 06-12-2017, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by KJsDustyDash View Post
So, here's my girl.
So far it looks like she's a little long in the neck and her shoulder angle is a little less than ideal but overall she looks ok. She is a really smooth mover (not as smooth as my other mare), and she jumps really well.
What do you think? I'm not sure if I put the points in the right places...
I see a horse that is front end heavy, with a steep croup

Far as all those measurements, I just divide a horse in thirds and look for all over body balance
An ideal performance horse, you can draw a trapezoid. Neck should not tie in low, and whither should tie in smoothly into the back.
Hind limbs, front limbs should be scored for major and minor
faults Proportions alone do not define good conformation, A horse could have 'desired \ measurements, but if the knees are off set, means not much
Those dots, if they worked, should show that this horse lacks balance
No problem with neck being too long, but it ties in low and back legs look posty
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post #174 of 174 Old 06-12-2017, 12:41 AM
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Here is the trapezoid theory in measuring balance, which an athletic horse has to have

Northwest Horse Source Articles: Trapezoid Conformation
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