1) how do we tell the difference between high long withers and high short withers.
2) Also what affect does a nik behind the withers play in movement
3) does the fore-quarter length and angle affect the wither height or the reverse? because i have noticed that a high wither is generally not the length of the wither vertebrae but more so the direction and angle of the thoracic vertebrae to the neck. i hope this makes sense
This is explained in the article on withers. But in a nutshell withers length is determined by the length of its visual slope - if this was not so all withers would be the same length! Nick is in the anticlinal region in a natural depression - lack of muscle development and plays no part significant in movement. The angle of the shoulder blade effects the withers height - the top of the shoulder blade outlines the withers not the vertebrae - it is not like the horse.
Thank you for clarifying. Makes sense now.
I've read the article multiple times. Each time I learn a little more. It's so simple yet so complicated when all put together.
Looking forward to the forequarter article.
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