Second: Mare A
This spotted mare has lighter muscling than Mare C, but better toned musculature. Her overall hind- end structure with her hocks set directly under her should provide plenty of ability to achieve the forward drive we want from her hind end.
She places behind Mare C primarily because her shoulder is shorter and its angle, formed by the two lines meeting at her point of shoulder, is more acute than the ideal 90 degrees, which provides less reaching and pulling abilities in her front end. Her front legs look clean with good, f lat knees and good pastern slope.
She has an attractive head, and though her neck is a little lighter than ideal, it’s shapely and long enough to give the up-and- down head nod we want when she’s gaiting. She’s level from withers to croup, but her croup drops off more sharply to her tail head
No matter your confidence level when you start this exercise, if you follow these steps, in this order, as incrementally as necessary to achieve results, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new outlook on riding. And your confidence will be boosted to the next level!
Scott Purdum is a trainer, coach, and clinician based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Clinics at his ranch and at other venues in the east focus on horsemanship, working obstacles, colt-starting, and more. Learn about his Advantage Horsemanship Program at advantagehorsemanship.com.
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