View Full Version : Short cannon/long forearm ratio

Sing Mia Song
Mar. 29, 2011, 06:57 PM
I've been having this discussion with Madame Trainer recently about the importance of a short cannon bone relative to the forearm. Of course, being the anal retentive person I am, I'm trying to figure our the idea ratio.

A web search says the consensus is a 1:2 ratio of cannon:forearm. But either that horse doesn't exist, or I am measuring incorrectly, because I've started measuring the legs of just about every horse in the barn.

My markers are the point of the elbow, the bend in the knee when you pick up the leg, and the ergot. Am I doing it wrong?

I'd love to hear the ratios on the very good jumpers out there.

Mar. 29, 2011, 10:18 PM
Very intersting, I would not measure the cannon down to the ergot, but rather stop at the back of the ankle.

Mar. 30, 2011, 01:38 AM
This is a big point with me, for sweepy front leg movement in the HUS class. I just check it visuallly, a visually long legged horse with noticably short cannons, as I am usually looking at photographs.