From: heidi sowards <ribbitttreefrog@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC] bone/feet/topline/weight/girth
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 13:53:44 -0800 (PST)
So to recap, cannon length in comparison to the diameter as
well as the horses weight included are the more important
clues? I was at a barn not long ago and a gal was saying
how big her horse's cannon bones were (diam.) at 7.5
inches. Her horse was tall (over 15 hands is tall to me)
and the cannon bones longer. Since I didn't know if this
was necessarily a good thing, I kept my mouth shut. (Not
like I would have argued or anything, I generally keep my
mouth shut!!) When I first got Ash I posted he had 8"
cannons but now I see the overall picture would have been
to also post his weight (he's about 900 lbs. and he's 14.2
and a half.) Too heavy of cannons or should I not even
concern myself? He is put together pretty nice, had 00 feet
when I first got him and now after regular trimming has 0.
Trot is not super smooth like my older guy, but not bad at
all. I also think barrel/girth area is another important
aspect that is overlooked (as well as the topline as Heidi
Smith suggested) and this guy has tremendous lung capacity
with well sprung ribs and one of my big concerns when I got
him was that when he trotted, he didn't interfere. I had
looked at a 2 year old that when trotting darn near hit
himself and Ash opens up those back legs and his feet land
almost as far apart as his hip line. I really like that as
my older (smoother) guy clips himself, especially when
tired. I guess only time will tell how Ash does, as he's
only completed one easy 25 this past summer. He's getting
fatter right now, as with Christmas and tons of work, he's
been left to eat alot!!!
Heidi-aerc#M20935 /\_/\~ http://www.synjinarts.com
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