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This horse's short, steep (about 65 degrees from horizontal) shoulder is undesirable.  Ideally, the angle of the shoulder should be about 45 or 50 degrees.  Horses with steep shoulders usually have a shorter stride.  They also have a rough ride because the steep shoulder reduces the amount of shock absorbed when the horse moves. The angle of the shoulder is measured from the point of shoulder to the mid-point of the withers, approximated by the line superimposed on this image.  It is easily determined by palpating the bones of the shoulder.

Conformation: short, steep shoulder

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Description: This horse's short, steep (about 65 degrees from horizontal) shoulder is undesirable. Ideally, the angle of the shoulder should be about 45 or 50 degrees. Horses with steep shoulders usually have a shorter stride. They also have a rough ride because the steep shoulder reduces the amount of shock absorbed when the horse moves. The angle of the shoulder is measured from the point of shoulder to the mid-point of the withers, approximated by the line superimposed on this image. It is easily determined by palpating the bones of the shoulder.

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