|Although the typically luxurious mane hides a good deal
of the shoulder and the top of the withers, making it a little difficult
to find these points, I have marked where I think they may be on this picture.
This horse has a rather long functional back in relation
to his body length, which inclines him to travel in a hollow or ventroflexed
position. He has a relatively long loin area (from last rib to the
lumbo sacral junction, marked with the red dot on the top of the croup)
again, inclining to a hollow carriage. His loin is also shallow in
depth (from back to underline) which further inclines him to a hollow position,
especially when carrying weight on the back. All of these factors which
incline to a hollow position will cause him to travel in a pace, a stepping
pace (skeith tolt) or the flying pace. They can also incline him to the
body position for the rack
His croup is steep and his pelvis is also relatively steeply angled, another factor that inclines him to a hollow position. As an interesting side note, in one study of Icelandic conformation it was noted that the horses with the steeper croups were those most likely to perform a flying pace.]
His hind legs show a very slightly longer femur
In the front, his shoulder is slightly laid back, not overly steep, and his humerus is relatively long but steep. ( a line dropped from the withers to the ground falls well behind the elbow, indicating a short humerus.) These two factors combine to incline him to take a relatively long, but high step in front.
His neck is relatively short, and set high, again inclining
to a more
Overall, his conformation inclines him to travel in a stepping pace, hreina tolt, and perhaps a flying pace, but he may have trouble performing the trot or gallop well.
|The bay horse is also hiding his withers under his mane,
and I have again approximated their location.
Comparing him to the sorrel horse, this bay has a slightly
In the front, his shoulder is steep, and his humerus is short and steep as well. (Again, a line dropped from the withers falls considerably behind the point of the elbow, indicating a short humerus.) This combination will incline him to take short, upright steps in front.
Overall, the conformation of this horse inclines him to prefer a trot over a flying pace, however his tolt may be very solid. He may gallop more easily than the sorrel horse.
*Note: Photo was lightened and the horse was leveled
to be able to analyse these photos.
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