Thought, fact and quote for the day 8/2/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 8/2/12

Thought 4the day: i read an article or tried to about an 8 month old foal that was just left the reports came flooding in yet nothing was done and this poor baby suffered to the day he passed away. How can the rspca let that happen??? I thought as someone who takes in horses like this that the point of helping them out was to take them out of this situation and actually help them to live, to flour...ish and most importantly survive!!!! my blood boiled and i still can't read this article the picture fills me with pain, sorrow and anger. If that was their horse and someone left the poor thing like that would it then kick them into action? I would of if i had been alot closer got myself into alot of trouble trying to help out that young one. Since i was a child i have watched the founder who is my mother take in all these types of horses and i have seen them come in as weak little babies and flourish into beautiful elegant creatures like they should. Never in my life have i had a 'normal' horse. Everyone that comes through our gates has issues underlying somewhere and they always get helped. I hate turning horses away which is why we try not too. I know out there with all you guys and from reading your comments etc that we have such a caring and wonderful community. I am proud to call you all my facebook friends as are the horses and ponies in our care. Thank you x
Quote 4the day: "A boy is a long time before he knows his alphabet, longer before he has learned to spell, and perhaps several years before he can read distinctly; and yet there are some people who, as soon as they get on a horse, entirely undressed and untaught, fancy that by beating and spurring they will make him a dressed horse in one morning only. I would fain ask such stupid people whether by beating a boy they would teach him to read without first showing him the alphabet? Sure, they would beat him to death, before they would make him read." ~William Cavendish
Fact 4the day: Conformation of the pasterns

The angle of the pasterns is best at a moderate slope (about 50 degrees) and moderate length.

Long, sloping pasterns on a Thoroughbred.
... Pasterns Long and Sloping
The pasterns are long (more than 3/4 length of cannon) relative to rest of leg.
This defect affects long-distance and speed sports
Long pasterns have been favored because they can diffuse impact, giving a more comfortable ride. However, excess length puts extreme tension on the tendons and ligaments of the back of the leg, predisposing the horse to a bowed tendon or suspensory ligament injury. The suspensory is strained because fetlock is unable to straighten as horse loads the limb with weight.
The pasterns are weak and unable to stabilize fetlock drop, so the horse is predisposed to ankle injuries, espescially in speed events where the sesamoids are under extreme pressure from the pull of the suspensory. This can cause sesamoid fractures & breakdown injuries.
May be associated with high or low ringbone. Increased drop of fetlock causes more stress on pastern and coffin joints, setting up conditions for arthritis.
There is a delay time to get the feet off the ground to accelerate, and thus long pasterns make the horse poor for speed events.
The horse is best for pleasuring riding, equitation, and dressage

Short, upright pasterns.
Pasterns Short and Upright
A horse's pasterns are short if they are less than 1/2 length of cannon. The pasterns are upright if they are angled more toward the vertical. A long, upright pastern has the same performance consequences as short and upright.
Most commonly seen in Quarter Horses, Paints, and Warmbloods
The horse is capable of rapid acceleration, but is restricted to a short stride. They excel in sprint sports. The short stride is a result of both a short pastern and upright shoulder, creating a short, choppy stride with minimal elasticity and limited speed.
Short pasterns have less shock-absorption, leading to more a jarring ride and amplified stress on the lower leg. The concussion is felt over the navicular apparatus, so the horse is more at risk for navicular disease, high or low ringbone, and sidebone. Also windpuffs and windgalls occur from chronic irritation within fetlock or flexor tendon sheath.
The horse has reduced mechanical efficiency for lifting and breaking over the toe, so it may trip or stumble.
The horse is best for sprint sports like Quarter Horse racing, barrel racing, roping, reining, and cutting.
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