Thought, fact and quote for the day 27/1/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 27/1/12

Thought 4the day: Life as tehy say is what you make it and the same goes with any horse or pony its how you school them, treat them or do anything with them! Schooling needs to be near perfect on a youngster otherwise they pick up bad habits and have you noticed one mistake and they rememeber it and the everything perfect takes repetition! Then there is ground work. You need to stand tall and be t...he boss but not in a nasty way or you can get walked all over ( i know that one lol) We literally make them how we want them sometimes not in a good way from personnal experiance as in seeing things. I have seen alot but what really gets my goat is when i see adults let kids mistreat horses! Children learn from adults. Horses learn from us... its a vicious circle..... Correcting the horses and ponies that come in sometimes is very difficult but we never give up. Mandi at the moment is working with Puzzle and had a major break through last week :o) Sausage i hold my hands up and i know she needs help so shes back to jasons this monday or next. Never be afraid to ask for help or things that seem to simple at that time can end up being dangerous and naughty habits....
Quote 4the day: I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse. I only owe it to the horse's good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
Fact4 the day: Back

A slightly long back.
Long back
With the back measured from peak of withers to peak of croup, exceeds 1/3 of horse’s overall body length. Usually associated with long, weak loins.
Especially seen in gaited horses, Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, and some Warmbloods.
The horse's ability to engage back depends on its ability to elevate the back and loins, requiring strong back and abdominal muscles. A long back is flexible, but harder for horse to stiffen and straighten spine to develop speed or coil loins to collect and engage the hindquarters to thrust rear limbs forward. This then affects upper level dressage, cutting, reining, barrel racing, and polo: sports that require rapid engagement of the hindquarters. Reduced flexion forces the horse to jump flatter with less bascule.
It is difficult to develop a long back's muscle strength, so a horse is more likely to fatigue under the rider and to sway over time. The abdominal have more difficulty in compensating, so they are also less likely to develop. Loins and hindquarters may swing more than normal, increasing the occurrence of sore muscles which leads to a stiff, rigid ride. Cross-firing or speedy cutting likely at high-speeds from a horse with a long back.
Movement of the back is flatter and quieter, making a more comfortable ride and is easier for horse to change leads.

Short back
Short back
The horse's back measures less than 1/3 of overall length of horse from peak of withers to peak of croup
Can be seen in any breed, especially in American Quarter Horses, Arabians, and some Warmbloods
The back may lack flexibility and become stiff and rigid. If vertebral spines of back are excessively small, the horse may have difficulty bending and later develop spinal arthritis. This adversely affects dressage and jumping performance. If still in back and torso, the stride will become stiff and inelastic. The horse may overreach, forge, or scalp itself if the hind legs do not move straight.
The horse may be handy and agile, able to change direction with ease. Good for polo, roping, cutting, reining. If the horse has good muscling, it is able to support weight of rider with rare occurrence of back pain.
Conformation best used in agility sports

This horse has a significant sway in the back.
Saddle-, hollow-, low-, sway-backed/ down in the back
The span of the back dips noticeably in center, forming a concave contour between the withers and croup. Usually causes high head carriage and stiffness through the back. Associated with a long back.
Often associated with weakness of ligaments of the back. Examples include a broodmare who had multiple foals and the back dips with age, an old horse where age is accompanied with weakening of the ligaments, a horse with poor fitness/conditioning that prevents adequate ligament support of the back muscles, or an overuse injury to the muscles and ligaments from excess work, great loads, or premature work on an immature horse.
Some horses with high croups and straight backs often appear to be swayed.
Often accompanies long loins. If the loins aren’t broad, the ligament structures may weaken, causing the back to drop.
A sway back positions the rider behind the center of gravity, interfering with balance. * The horse is unable to elevate for true collection, which can affect any sport but most notably dressage, jumping, and stock work. The back may get sore from lack of support and the rider’s weight.
The horse is unable to achieve rapid impulsion since the rear is less connected with front end. To achieve speed, the horse must create some rigidity in back and spine, which is not possible with a sway. This causes problems in racing, eventing, Steeplechasing, and polo.
This horse is most suited for pleasure riding and for teaching students.
Although sway backs are usually associated with older horses, there is also a congenital (sometimes genetic) form of sway back. Horses with this condition will already be obviously swaybacked at a young age, sometimes even before they are a year old. Some lines of American Saddle Horse seem to carry this gene.
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