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    Default How straight is too straight?

    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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    Normal range of front hoof (thus pastern) angle is 53-58 degrees (from Howell Equine Handbook of Tendon and Ligament Injuries).

    Deb Bennett has some excellent books and recent articles in Equus about functional conformation and how the relative lengths and angles of each part relate to performance and soundness.


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    hmmm...I think the angles are too straight when you can't sit the trot without crying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplnurpl View Post
    hmmm...I think the angles are too straight when you can't sit the trot without crying.
    LOL. Good answer!
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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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eqsiu View Post
    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.
    HAHA, very very true!



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    Quote Originally Posted by eqsiu View Post

    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.
    Oh I loooove those trots. Gives me a good workout but doesn't re-arrange my spine. I like when my tummy starts to itch from using all those muscles. : )
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