Thought, fact and quote for the day 3/2/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 3/2/12

Thought 4the day: Life can be pretty confusing for the new ones that come in. Some are bewildered coming from a bad place to suddenly have hay, water and feed and repect it knocks them for six. A few come from those loved homes and are a little well why am i here? They settle in alot quicker. Then the worst cases are the ones that are hurt beyond wanting to come back round. We have one in at the m...oment. She is thankfully full of threats unless you are male and then she means what she says and does act on it. In time she will be happier but i doubt her attitude will ever change towards men. She more then likely will be a lifer as the slightest set back would make her go back in so many ways only a special home could be found for her but this seems like years away. each case is different. Each horse is different. They are like us you never find two the same. Some can be assessed for ground and ridden within a day or two as their happy and content and then can be rehomed! Others simply aren't ready and can take months. Some are more of a challenge but then everyone loves a challenge. Its beautiful to see them flourish :o) How did you come across your friends? Was the connection instant or did you have to work for it!!!
Quote4 the day: "You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else." ~ William Cavendish the 1st Duke of Newcastle
Fact 4the day: The Hips

Narrow Hips
Viewed from the rear, the breadth between the hips is narrow.
In horses with narrow hips, the pelvis is crowded and aligned improperly which puts more strain and stress on the joints of the legs
Common, seen in any breed, although Quarter Horses tend not to have them. Usually in Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Arabians, and Gaited horses.
A narrow pelvis contributes to speed since the horse can get its hind legs well under its body to develop thrust.
The narrow hip shape is partially dictated by exercise development of haunch muscles.
Good width widens the breadth between stifles, hocks & lower legs to enable power, acceleration, & foot purchase into ground, preventing interference injuries. Narrow pelvis limits size of muscular attachments of hips, affecting strength & power.
The horse is best suited for flat racing, trail, carriage driving; does not possess much driving power

Rafter Hips/Wide Hips
Wide, flat hip shaped like a "T" when viewed from behind. Cattle tend to have this pelvis type to the extreme.
The horse's legs are too far apart at the top and the feet are too close together; often exhibit base narrow stance(not straight from behind), thus exuding less amount of strength and placing more stress on the joints
Uncommon, usually seen in Gaited horses, Saddlebreds, and Arabs.
Rafter hips are often amplified by poor muscling along thighs and lower hips. Exercises to improve muscling helps the problem.
Not desirable in a riding horse with fast gaits

One Hip Bone Lower/Knocked-Down Hip
From behind, the point of hip on one side is lower than the other. May be due to an injury to the point of hip, or to sublaxtion or fracture of the pelvis.
Generally induced by a traumatic blow to hip. Not heritable.
The gait symmetry is affected (which is bad for dressage or show horses). Interference with power and thrust may alter strength of jumping high fences or reduce speed.
The horse may not be able to perform strenuous activities.
Knocked-down hips interfere with speed and jumping.
The horse is more prone to developing muscular or ligament soreness associated with re-injury or strain. This is especially likely to occur in a jumper, racer, steeplechaser, or eventer. However, in most cases the horse recovers completely, others will often still experience muscle soreness and will have to settle for only performing slow work.

High Stifles/ Short Hip
Ideal hip forms equilateral triangle from point of buttock, point of hip, and stifle. A short hip has a short femur (thigh bone) that reduces the length of quadriceps and thigh muscles. The femur is short when the stifle seems high (sits above sheath in male horse)
Found in any breed, but usually in racing Quarter Horses or Thoroughbreds.
Effective in generating short, rapid, powerful strokes (sprint or draft work). The horse has a rapid thrust & thus rapid initiation of sprint speed.
Ideally, the bones of the gaskin and femur should be of similar length in horse that does anything but sprint or draft work. A short femur reduces stride length behind & elasticity of stride that jumpers, dressage horses, and flat/harness racers want.

Low Stifle/ Long Hip
A long hip is created by a long femur which drops the level of stifle to or below the sheath line on a male horse.
Favorable in all sports except sprint sports and draft work
Enables the horse to develop speed and power after it gets moving.
The muscles of the hip, haunches, and thighs will be proportionately long with a long hipbone, giving the horse the capacity to develop speed and power over a sizeable distance. Produces ground-covering and efficient stride in all gaits.
Good for eventing, steeplechase/timber, flat/harness racing, jumping, and long distance riding
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