I’m indulging Paint Mare’s need to be the center of attention by doing one final installment. 🙂 Lakes thought she’d like to see an above view of Paint Mare’s horse’s loin, as otherwise it appears to be very well constructed. Here’s that picture.
There is great broadness to the horse’s loin with ribs carrying back well. It doesn’t get a whole lot better.
In the first supplement article I talked about some musculature issues going on with the horse that I felt could be improved relatively easily. Paint Mare has included a more recent photo of her horse.
Paint Mare wrote: The one I sent in was from June 2012, and right now she doesn’t seem quite as muscled up. But I think she might have lost some of the bad muscling on her neck? She has a groove for her windpipe now instead of a solid mass of neck.
Clearly the horse is better ‘conditioned’ in the first photo and carrying a bit less weight, but I would ask Paint Mare since when has she changed her training and riding approach with this horse. Based on her comments and the attention she’s paid this mare, the current results are unexpected.
Yes, there is greater definition in the crease in the underline of the neck, but the rest of the muscling isn’t right and hasn’t improved. Now her neck is starting to look more like a bull neck. If she was using that neck better, lifting the base of it correctly and dropping her head freely from the poll we would be seeing some of the tubular complexus muscle. Also the dip would have vanished and the ‘hump’ before that would also have decreased in size, while the flat spot before that, extending to the poll, would have filled in.
It appears as if there’s less muscle bunching directly in front of the scapula, but that’s only because her head is forward and not turned as in the first photo. The muddy shoulder bed is still there, less defined with the lower overall conditioning of the horse but still there.
She also has more breast muscling, her back is tighter and for a greater portion of its length and her abdominals have weakened and sagged, which gives the impression she’s not as deep through the loin (though she is) and those things are all the result of being more on the forehand.
The other odd difference is that the mare now stands about three degrees more upright through the pastern than she did in the June 2012 photo. Her coronet band is more horizontal and this change (obviously in her feet – too much heel) has changed her stance in front so that rather than standing ‘in’ the ground, she stands ‘on’ the ground with more tension and rigidity through the front end.
What I think has happened is that this mare has hurt herself. It’s very difficult to see because of the dark background, but when viewed on my computer at full size there’s a very clear ‘hump’ and ‘dip’ in the back that was not present in the June 2012 photo. I also noted that the overhead loin views that Paint Mare sent me also didn’t look right, but none are from the best angle to see. Even the overhead photo I included at the top doesn’t show the kind of spinal definition it should, which also leads me to suspect an issue.
Thank you very much, Paint Mare, for allowing the use of your mare as a guinea pig.