Many months ago now, Breeches & Boat Shoes posted thoroughly about conformation, and many others followed suit, happily drawing lines and shapes on their ponies. I am just now getting around to doing this myself. But to be honest, I’m not sure if I learned anything from it, other than I can’t really tell exactly where to put the lines. I took the Breeches & Boat Shoes posts into consideration, and also some other random articles found via Google, typically from vet schools. But one thing I ran across confused the heck out of me. Shoulder slope. Kind of important in horses that jump (and perhaps for other disciplines?). In this UGA Extension article, their take on measuring the shoulder angle was new to me. They drew lines like this:
I have two different pictures because I couldn’t quite figure out where to put the lines. Nor can I be bothered with trying to measure the angle. However, I learned some time ago, most likely as a child and not yet a horse owner, that shoulder slope was determined by drawing lines like this:
Basically, bisect the angle of the scapula and humerus at the point of shoulder with a line parallel to the ground. The slope is then the angle between the scapula and the line parallel to the ground. Maybe slope and angle are different things? How do y’all determine the slope of your horse’s shoulder?
I also drew some other lines and shapes:
I’ve got posts forthcoming about Eli’s chiro appointment, saddle reps visiting the barn, and a blog hop from ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing … and also Weenie Wednesday, of course.
Saturday’s lesson recap: fun. Eli was great and very handy in the turns around little 2’6″ courses. We’re just going to keep on keeping on.