Thought, quote and fact for the day 24/1/12
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Thought, quote and fact for the day 24/1/12

Thought 4the day: Life can be pretty tough at times. Our friends our four legged friends dote on us and expect us to know whats best for them. Its hard at times as sometimes watching people with their friends you sit and i would say perhaps judge and in your mind say 'i wouldn't do it that way i would do it this way!'. When is it time to step in and offer advice or is it best to not say a thing an...d simply watch as they perhaps crumble with what they are trying to do? I admit sometimes its best to say nothing and watch as the horse will eventually set them straight but i only watch as i know they will figure it out and do the right thing. Then there is watching as a horse is being hurt that i cannot and will not stand by and watch i have to admit i do have to bite my toungue and make sure what and how i say things is not patronising or sarcastic. That i am afraid can happen! The founder is worse then me so its always me now who does pick ups as her tongue does run away with her!!!! Just be mindful and watchful as horses should come first......
 
 
Fact4 the day: The Forearm (radius)
Connects the elbow and knee

Conformation
Should be in perfect line with the knee and cannon (when viewed from the front or the side)
... Needs to be thick, wide, well-developed and long.
Fused with the ulna.
Minimal fat, muscles should be visible.
The muscles of the front of the forearm are known as extensors and the back of the forearm are known as flexors.
The muscling of the forearm should be not bulky unless the breed known for this; i.e. Quarter Horses and more so in the Draft breeds
There should be an inverted "V" at the top of the chest.

Long Forearm
A long forearm is desirable, especially if the horse also has a short cannon. It increases leverage for maximum stride length and speed.
Good muscling of a long forearm is especially advantageous to jumping horses, as the strong forearm muscles absorb concussion from the impact and diffuse the strain on tendons and joints on landing.
A long forearm is best for speed events, jumping events, and long distance trail riding.

Short Forearm
Although uncommon, it is usually seen in Morgans and Quarter Horses.
A short forearm affects speed and jumping events, but has little effect on stock horse events.
The length of stride is dependent on the forearm length and shoulder angle, so a short forearm causes horse to need to increase the number of steps to cover a distance, increasing overall muscular effort and hastening fatigue.
Increases the action of the knees, giving an animated appearance. Knee action is not compatible with speed.
 
 
 
Quote4 the day: When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them." ~Monica Dickens
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