Thought, fact and quote for the day 28/1/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 28/1/12

Thought 4the day: Life can be pretty complicated at times not just for us but for our 4 legged friends. Some just like to be taken out just by you as they are so used to you and intune to you that they can't cope with another rider or carer. Others like variety in their life and prefer the odd change in rider and like the spice of a different carer. Then you get the ones that don't actually like t...heir rider or their care provider and create merry hell. Its just their way of saying they are unhappy yet they get labelled as naughty bless them. It should be misunderstood. It could simply be that they do like or could i say love their owner but just not understand what or how they are asking. Horses are as complicated as us but don't you just love them!!
Quote 4the day:
That hoss wasn't built to tread the earth,
he took natural to the air,
And every time he went aloft,
He tried to leave me there
~ anonymous
Fact4 the day: Loin and coupling

Roached back
In the area where the back and loins join the croup (the coupling) there is an upward convex curvature of the spine. Often a result of a short back, or injury or malalignment of the lumbar vertebrae.
Often accompanied by less-developed loin muscles in breadth, substance, and strength. The spine already “fixed” in a curved position, and the attaching muscles are unable to contract properly to round or elevate the back. Thus it is difficult to engage the hindquarters or round the back by elevating loin muscles. Vertebrae often have reduced motion so the horse takes shorter steps behind.
Jumping and dressage especially are affected.
The horse is stiffer through the back and less flexible in an up and down motion as well as side to side.
There may be back pain from vertebral impingement.
There is a less elastic feel beneath rider as the back too rigid. Agility sports (polo, cutting, reining, barrel racing, gymkhana) are more difficult.
Common fault

Long or weak loins/weak coupling
Coupling is the joining of back at the lumbosacral joint. Ideally, the L-S joint should be directly over the point of hip. Weak coupling is where the L-S joint is further to the rear. The loin is the area formed from last rib to point of hip. The loin is measured from the last rib to the point of hip, and it should be one to one and a half hands width. Long loins are associated with a long back. The croup is often relatively flat and the quarters are high.
Horse with weak or slack loin might have good lateral bend, but collection suffers as true collection depends on coiling loin to bend the hind legs. Because the hind legs and hocks aren’t able to be positioned under body, the hind legs string out behind, so the horse is more likely to go on the forehand. This creates coordination and balance problems, as well as forelimb lameness.
The horse needs the hind legs under for jumping, and for going up and down hill. A weak loin inhibit's this, especially affecting eventing, jumping, and trail horses.
The loin regulates the distribution of weight on the forehand by allowing the horse to elevate its back and distribute its weight to the hind end. Horses unable to coil the loins move with stiff backs and a flattened L-S joint, throwing the rear legs out behind. This limits the ability of dressage horses, and also affect reining, cutting, and polo horses as they are unable to explode with thrust.
Long-coupling is associated with a long back and short hindquarters. This will limit collection is any discipline.

Short –coupling
Also known as close coupled.
Associated with a short back, which will enable high thrust and collection.

Rough coupling/widow’s peak
In the loin, the horse has a hollow area considerably lower than foremost part of the croup.
Fairly uncommon, and does not affect the horse's use in sport.
Cosmetically displeasing. Muscling of the loin may be ample and strong with minimal effect on ability to collect back or push with haunches. However, if a horse doesn’t have a strong loin, it will have difficulty in raising the back for engagement.
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