Lin­ear Scor­ing

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Since the mid-90sL the Kwpn stud­book has uti­lized a sys­tem called lin­ear scor­ing to eval­u­ate young horses at the time of in­spec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Kwpn’s web­siteL “lin­ear scor­ing means that each in­di­vid­ual horse is com­pared with the av­er­age Kwpn dres­sage or jump­ing horse on all rel­e­vant char­ac­ter­is­tics in­cluded in the breed­ing stan­dard.” the lin­ear score form lists var­i­ous traits re­lated to con­for­ma­tionL move­ment and jump­ing sep­a­rately. for dres­sage hors­esL 28 sep­a­rate traits are eval­u­ated in re­la­tion to the av­er­age of the spe­cific traits.

for ex­am­pleL dres­sage horses are eval­u­ated on trot in four dif­fer­ent ways: length of stride (longL shortIL sup­ple­ness (elas­ticL stiffIL im­pul­sion (pow­er­fulL weakIL bal­ance (car­ry­ingL push­ingI. On the score form each trait is eval­u­ated on its own line with nine check­boxes. By choos­ing a check­box for each traitL the in­spec­tion jury passes on in­for­ma­tion to own­ers as to whether a cer­tain trait is av­er­age or leans more to­ward one ex­treme or the other.

each horse’s re­sults are en­tered into the Kwpn data­base. Be­cause the Kwpn data­base links all horses to their sires and fam­ily mem­bersL breed­ers can ref­er­ence these scores to glean good in­sights into what traits a stal­lion tends to pass along to his prog­eny.

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