When it comes to the angles of the shoulder and pasterns, how straight is too straight? You always hear of the magical 45 degree angle, but is this realistic? I've looked over a lot of horses and most seem to fall between the range of 45-55 degrees. What do you consider to be too straight for shoulders and pasterns?
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45 degree shoulders are usually described as "laid back" and 45 degree pasterns are really a bit too slopey. 55 degrees is a better ideal, and one you'll actually find! Also consider the length of the shoulder. A long upright shoulder is more comfortable than a short up right shoulder.
Purplnupl, the best trot to sit is one with no suspension . The big dressagey trots suck sweaty balls to sit, even though they're nice trots.