1. theequestrianblog:

Icelandic stallion
Rebekka Hyldgaard and Dans Frá Seljabrekku in working tölt
Bededags event 2014, Denmark.

    theequestrianblog:

    Icelandic stallion

    Rebekka Hyldgaard and Dans Frá Seljabrekku in working tölt

    Bededags event 2014, Denmark.

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  2. scarlettjane22:


Pensive



by Ekaterina Druz

www.equine-photo.net

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    www.equine-photo.net

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  3. Owners and trainers need to realize there’s a definite, easy-to-remember schedule of fusion - and then make their decision as to when to ride the horse based on that rather than on the external appearance of the horse.
    For there are some breeds of horse - the Quarter Horse is the premier among these - which have been bred in such a manner as to LOOK mature long before they actually ARE mature. This puts these horses in jeopardy from people who are either ignorant of the closure schedule, or more interested in their own schedule (for futurities or other competitions) than they are in the welfare of the animal.
    The process of fusion goes from the bottom up. In other words, the
    lower down toward the hoofs you look, the earlier the growth plates will have fused; and the higher up toward the animal’s back you look, the later. The growth plate at the top of the coffin bone (the most distal bone of the limb) is fused at birth. What this means is that the coffin bones get no TALLER after birth (they get much larger around, though, by another mechanism). That’s the first one. In order after that:
    2. Short pastern - top & bottom between birth and 6 mos.
    3. Long pastern - top & bottom between 6 mos. And 1 yr.
    4. Cannon bone - top & bottom between 8 mos. And 1.5 yrs.
    5. Small bones of knee - top & bottom on each, between 1.5 and 2.5 yrs.
    6. Bottom of radius-ulna - between 2 and 2.5 yrs.
    7. Weight-bearing portion of glenoid notch at top of radius - between 2.5 and 3 yrs.
    8. Humerus - top & bottom, between 3 and 3.5 yrs.
    9. Scapula - glenoid or bottom (weight-bearing) portion - between 3.5 and 4 yrs.
    10. Hindlimb - lower portions same as forelimb
    11. Hock - this joint is “late” for as low down as it is; growth plates on the tibial & fibular tarsals don’t fuse until the animal is four (so
    the hocks are a known “weak point” - even the 18th-century literature warns against driving young horses in plow or other deep or sticky footing, or jumping them up into a heavy load, for danger of spraining their hocks)
    12. Tibia - top & bottom, between 2.5 and 3 yrs.
    13. Femur - bottom, between 3 and 3.5 yrs.; neck, between 3.5 and 4 yrs.; major and 3rd trochanters, between 3 and 3.5 yrs.
    14. Pelvis - growth plates on the points of hip, peak of croup (tubera sacrale), and points of buttock (tuber ischii), between 3 and 4 yrs.
    and what do you think is last? The vertebral column, of course. A
    normal horse has 32 vertebrae between the back of the skull and the root of the dock, and there are several growth plates on each one, the most important of which is the one capping the centrum.
    These do not fuse until the horse is at least 5 1/2 years old (and this figure applies to a small-sized, scrubby, range-raised mare. The taller your horse and the longer its neck, the later full fusion will occur. And for a male - is this a surprise? — You add six months. So, for example, a 17-hand TB or Saddlebred or WB gelding may not be fully mature until his 8th year - something that
    owners of such individuals have often told me that they “suspected” ).
    The lateness of vertebral “closure” is most significant for two
    reasons.
    One: in no limb are there 32 growth plates!
    Two: The growth plates in the limbs are (more or less) oriented perpendicular to the stress of the load passing through them, while those of the vertebral chain are oriented parallel to weight placed upon the horse’s back.
    Bottom line: you can sprain a horse’s back (i.e., displace the
    vertebral growth plates) a lot more easily than you can sprain those located in the limbs.
    And here’s another little fact: within the chain of vertebrae, the
    last to fully “close” are those at the base of the animal’s neck
    (that’s why the long-necked individual may go past 6 yrs. to achieve
    full maturity). So you also have to be careful - very careful - not to
    yank the neck around on your young horse, or get him in any situation where he strains his neck.
    Dr. Deb Bennett - link to original article that this quote was adapted from
    "ABOUT DR. DEB: Deb Bennett, Ph.D., is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kansas, and until 1992 was with the Smithsonian Institution. She is known as an authority on the classification, evolution, anatomy, and biomechanics of fossil and living horses. Her research interests include the history of domestication and world bloodlines and breeds. She teaches unique anatomy short-courses and horsemanship clinics designed to be enjoyable to riders of all breeds and disciplines, and all levels of skill.
    Internationally known for her scientific approach to conformation analysis, “Dr. Deb” has made a career out of conveying a kind of “X-ray vision” for bone structure to breeders and buyers. Her background in biomechanics helps her clearly explain how conformation relates to performance ability. Dr. Deb’s clinics often feature real bones and interesting biomechanical models.”  - This, and the quote above found here :)

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  5. thecityhorse:

Why the face Esti

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    Why the face Esti

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  6. scarlettjane22:

Beste Horse of Kings-vrienden
Documentary “Horse of Kings”
www.cinecrowd.nl/horse-of-kings

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    Beste Horse of Kings-vrienden

    Documentary “Horse of Kings”

    www.cinecrowd.nl/horse-of-kings

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  7. scarlettjane22:


Red
@Red and Reggie, UK
http://www.heartofahorse.org/

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    Red

    @Red and Reggie, UK

    http://www.heartofahorse.org/

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  8. browbands:

Yep, we won a trophy
absolutely perfect pony

    browbands:

    Yep, we won a trophy

    absolutely perfect pony

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  9. scarlettjane22:


Prisonero
@Katja Mayer, Bavaria

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    Prisonero

    @Katja Mayer, Bavaria

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  10. scarlettjane22:

Tuscani Aramis*, Section D Welsh Cob Stallion
Found on glenhavenwelsh.com
via Rachel Hlavac •

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    Tuscani Aramis*, Section D Welsh Cob Stallion

    Found on glenhavenwelsh.com

    via Rachel Hlavac 

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