Short VS long backed horses?

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  1. Heavenly Jumper

    Heavenly Jumper Senior Moderator

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    Which would you purchase all else being equal about the horse and why?

    Which breeds are most likely to have a short or long back?

    (I'm just learning more about conformation and wanted input)

    What are the pros and cons of each?

    Can you post some photos of horses who have a long back and horses who have a short back?
     






  2. roxyroller91

    roxyroller91 Senior Member+

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    well, Player has a short back, i had the option of a short vs long back horse, i toook Player, or course somethings were different to but i like the short back. its is nice.

    incase you need a player fix ;)
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  3. Sandra-A1

    Sandra-A1 Senior Moderator

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    :) Which would I prefer?
    It would naturally depend on the individual horse and what I intended to do with it. :wink:

    The following might answer your question:
     
  4. roxyroller91

    roxyroller91 Senior Member+

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    in that last quote they do, player has a sway back, at onyl 8 years old :( my poor boy.
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    you can see it quite clearly in those pictures.
     
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  5. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    There is a lot more to this than just the length of the back... there is the slope of the shoulder, pastern angels, etc. For every horse that is a breed type there will be ONE of that bred that is not that way... so to say that one breed is more prone to be long or short... I think depends on the actual horses involved.

    What you want to do with the horse will also effect if it is a good or bad thing. Length of the back is not necessarily genetic... so it to me is not much of a factor if it does not breed true.

    One of my best breeding mares is long backed... Her offspring are chunks. They have ALL been colts... None of her colts are long backed.
     
  6. Heavenly Jumper

    Heavenly Jumper Senior Moderator

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    I myself have two short backed horses and wanted to add that sometimes it can make tack fitting a bigger issue as the skirts of western saddles will hit them in the hips or shoulders...

    Here are two photos showing Tiffany and Azar (morgan and paso fino)

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    Here are the same two horses wearing the same arabian type saddle (it is my husbands saddle) you can see how it fits them - (short, wide back)

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    Thanks for the input on your experiences.

    I intend to begin with Dressage with Tiffany and progress to jumpers after we have an established training base together. :)
     
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  7. roxyroller91

    roxyroller91 Senior Member+

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    god, they are beautiful!! :D. i am so lucky i found a cheap, good quality saddle that fits Player, short backs are a pain sometimes. tack can definatly be an issue
     
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  8. Miss Neigh

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    long backs are often weaker than shorter backs, but a back that is too short can be difficult to fit a saddle too.
    Thoroughbreds are known to have long backs and your quarter horses and ponies are often shorter in their backs. Too me short or long doesn't matter as long as the horse doesn't have any back problems and doesn't appear sore after holding weight. I do try and steer clear of a horse with an extra long back though.
     
  9. Skye

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    Curlies tend to have short backs. :)

    Long backs tend to be weaker that short backs, but obviously you don't want a really short back either. That's about all I know. I really need to work on my knowledge of conformation, ha ha.
     
  10. Friesiangirl

    Friesiangirl Senior Member+

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    I dunno. I always think stormy has a short back:

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    thankfull he has never over reached etc. I'd rather have a short backed horse myself.
     
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