Front End Conformation
An Analysis by Liz
Front End #1
Front End #2
Front End #3
|Now that you have all got a pretty good idea about the basics on evaluating
the front ends from the previous 2 analysis done. This time we will add
the lines for you. Again as said before we have to use the pictures we
have, even though we may not have the best stance or angle . In these three
pictures we do have good picture angle though.
Along with the shoulder , humerus angle, and length I ask that you also
look closely at how these three horse neck sets , length of neck and attachment
of head to neck.
Front End #1
|Front End #1
In this picture the horses right cannon is not set under the horse,
but back so we will work with what we have here.
This horse has the steepest shoulder of the three horses pictured.
Being about 56 degrees. This horse also has the the most horizontal
(but still moderate) and shortest humerus of the three. The elbow on
this horse is also set close to being under the crest of wither. Putting
these combinations together makes this horses movement in the front to
have moderate reach and moderate upward lift of the front legs.
This horse has a between medium and high set of the neck in the
shoulder and the neck looks to be on the short side. The throat latch
on this horse looks to be just a bit thick. Also looking at this horses
back dropping off from the wither, looks to be more to a ventroflexed back.
This structure would lend me to believe that this horse would go
towards the stepped rack. This horse has good muscling of the shoulder
and a deep heart girth making for a horse that has lots of stamina if kept
in it's best gait for the structure.
Front End #2
|Front End #2
This horse has about a 50 degree shoulder angle and the humerus length
is more than 50% of the shoulder length. The humerus is also steeper than
horse #1 but still not considered a steep humerus. The wither is set well
behind the elbow of this horse. The back on this horse looks to be towards
level. This horse should have good forward reach of it's front legs. The
neck is also set in the shoulder at a medium height. This horse looks to
have a nice balanced length of neck and very clean lines of the neck .
The head is set on well , being clean in the throat latch , not thick or
This horse looks to me to be able to do a very nice ground covering
gait. A running walk if the gait genes and hind quarter structure is
there to support this. The length of neck and the way the neck is
on would help this horse to have a very nice loose head shake.
Front End #3
|Front End #3
This horses front legs are set out to far forward to do a good
evaluation but we can see the shoulder angle well. It is like horse
at about 50 degrees. The humerus length is just a bit shorter than
horse #2 but longer than horse #1 and at a steeper angle than both but
still not considered overly steep. This horses humerus is also more than
50% of the shoulder length. Due to the angle of shoulder and
length of humerus we should have some reach in the front legs but the
steeper angle of the humerus should give a bit more lift of the front
This horse could do 2 different gaits fairly well. The front
legs setting forward make it hard to tell how the back is set in this horse
but I think if they were brought under the horse with the cannons being
vertical the back would be more to level.
The biggest factor in this horse in relation to differences of gaits
executed is how the neck is set on and the neck length. The neck
in set high into the shoulder and is short and thick in the throat
latch. If this horse is asked to carry it's self ventroflexed (hollow)
it could go toward a ventro gait such as the rack. If the
held to a more level back it could do a running walk with a bit more
lift in the front and have more of a head nod than head shake.
This horse has nice depth to the heart girth and lots of shoulder
muscle making for stamina and front end strength.
It is always interesting to see all the different combinations of structure
you will see on one animal. This is what makes it fun when one has the
opportunity to see everything put together front and back and see what
transpires in relation to achieving gait. Looking at many horses and as
many different gaited breeds as possible will help you
to get a good Idea as to why a specific gait is possible or not.
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