Gaited Horses, Conformation Analysis

This picture of Patches in not ideal for determining angles etc, but I extrapolated as best I could from his position.

This is what I see here, and how it relates to the gait he might do.

His neck and functional back are about the same length .. this allows him to balance well and can contribute to the ability to round his back somewhat.

His loin is a little long in comparison to his functional back, but not extremely so. This allows some less than round back position to be easy for him.

His humerus and shoulder incline him to a longer, lower step more than they do to a high, short step. A hint that the rack may be difficult for him. That humerus will be more upright when his front leg is vertical, obviously, but it won't be short and I don't think it will be very upright.

His femur and gaskin are about equal. He won't take a long step in back, and won't be choppy in his hindquarters, either. Might limit his ability to do a long strided running walk, but not enough to prevent him from doing the gait.

His hip is a little short for his body length, making it harder for him to travel round. Again, a sign that he is going to be gaited and maybe laterally gaited rather than fox trotting when he moves.

His hip socket is placed a little toward the rear .. inclines him to travel in something other than a rounded position.

Overall, his conformation inclines him to do a running walk (trail type) or maybe a "slick" or running walky fox trot, but he should not be overly trotty or pacey. He might rack but not with great ease.

Of course, what he does will depend on how he uses that nice neck, and what happens with his belly muscles and hindquarters.

Lee http://leeziegler.com



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