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    Default Hind end conformation: show me good examples

    Title says it all. I saw a horse for sale online, and the ad write up said all this approved this and silver premium that...and I thought she looked post legged.

    And I look at my guy, who I think is too articulated in all the joints; his back legs look two inches longer than his front legs. So maybe I am just skewed because of what I see?
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    I'll play! I buy young horses and bring them along as A hunters. This is the photo that sold me on my last horse as a rising 5 year old:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater

    Here she is at 6 with more work under he belt (topline developing):
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater


    Here she is actually "performing" at 7:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.ph...type=3&theater

    As you can see, "baby's got back," which helped her jump with that lovely round arc.


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    Hind end conformation can vary greatly depending on use. The example given is typical of what I think of as a good hunter hind end. Jumpers often have much straighter hind legs, and dressage horses can go either way.

    I think a long hip and stifle location are the big constants, but when you're looking at angles of the hock for example it can vary a lot. Hunters often end up with about the angle of hip in oskoga's pictures, but dressage and jumpers will have a variety of angles (and I believe the best dressage horses will have a hip angle which varies from one photo to the next, indicating good SI joint movement.)

    Are you asking specifically for hunters, or for overall good conformation?
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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