Thought, quote and fact for the day 29/1/12
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Thought, quote and fact for the day 29/1/12

Thought 4the day: I have heard from many people this week about sad tails of how their best friends have been laid to rest. It does pull on all our heart strings no matter how hard we try to be. We suffered a loss as well. More then we could bare at that time. The way we look at it and the way our friends should look at it is that we have them what they needed it when they asked for it. We gave th...em love and companionship and compassion when asked. We understood and we listened and most of all we did not let them suffer. Thats what true friends do. Release them from the vessel that their spirit is in and let them go. Its a very hard decision that we all have to make at some point in life some more then others. Be brave and remember your friends as they will always be around when you need them. They are greatful you set them free..
Quote 4the day: The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
Fact4 the day: Croup and "hip"

The croup is from the lumbosacral joint to the tail. The "hip" refers to the line running from the ilium (point of the hip) to the ischium (point of the buttock)of the pelvis. After the point that is made by the sacrum and lumbar vertebrae, the line following is referred to as the croup. While the two are linked in terms of length and musculature, the angle of the hip and croup do not necessarily correlate. But it is desirable for a horse to have a square to slightly pear shaped rump. A horse can have a relatively flat croup and a well-angled hip. Racehorses do well with hip angles of 20-30 degrees, trotting horses with 35 degrees. Once a horse is developed, the croup should be approximately the same height as the withers. In some breeds a high croup is hereditary trait.

Steep croup but fairly long "hip".
Steep Croup or Goose rump
A steep croup is often linked to shortened stride
Less of a fault for slow-moving horses such as draft breeds than for light riding horses
Some breeds prefer a steep croup on their horses. Quarter horses in particular.

Flat croup.
Flat or Horizontal Croup
The topline continues in a relatively flat manner to the dock of tail rather than falling off at oblique angle at the hips.
Seen especially in Saddlebreds, Arabians, and Gaited horses
Encourages a long, flowing stride. This helps a horse go faster, especially when a flat croup is sufficiently long to allow a greater range of muscle contraction to move the bony levers of skeleton.

Short croup
Length from L-S joint to dock of the tail is insufficient for adequate muscular attachment
Reduces power of hindquarters
Usually seen in conjunction with multiple hind leg faults

Short "hip"
The L-S joint is often behind the point of hips. Insufficient length from point of hip to point of buttock
Horse will have difficulty collecting.
A well-muscled build may hide a short pelvis.
Provides less length of muscular attachments to the thigh and gaskin. This diminishes engine power in speed or jumping events.
Short hip is less effective as a muscular lever for collection and to contract the abdominal muscles as the back rounds. More muscular effort is required.

Flat "hip"
Flat pelvis, line from point of hip to point of buttock flat and not properly angled, result is pelvis structure too long. L-S joint often tipped, ishium improperly placed.
It is more difficult to engage the hindquarters, so the back tends to stiffen. Thus it is hard to excel in dressage, jumping, stock horse work. Minimizes the ability to develop power at slower paces needed by draft horses.

Jumper’s Bump (also known as Hunter's or Racking Bump)
A "jumper's bump"
A Clydesdale with a very low set tail. The horse has an enlargement at the top of the croup, or a malalignment of the croup with the pelvis and lumbar vertebrae, caused by the tearing of a ligament at the top of the croup. One or both sides of L-S joint may be affected.
Fairly common, usually seen in jumping horses and in horses that rack in an inverted frame.
It is a torn ligament caused by excessive hindquarter effort, or from a horse that had the hindquarters slip out underneath or trotted up a very steep hill. Usually does not cause problems once healed, although it is easier to re-injure.
Usually associated with horses with weak loins or a long back that is unable to coil loins properly for collection. Commonly caused by overpacing young horses, a rider allowing a horse to jump while strung out, or by racking (or other gaiting) in a very inverted frame.
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