Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Craig, J. A.
The horse and its market, pp. 154-168 PDF (4.5 MB)
THE HORSE AN D ITS MARKET. loin. In defective conformations of an possible of the other qualities of this kind the stride of the hind limbs excellence in addition to high action. ts short and he usually has an uneven, yet all others are considered of minor choppy gait that is unsightly as well value among horses of this claw. an being ineffectual in covering dis- "Al-around action only to be consid- tances. On the other hand, an oppo- ered" is the current phrase in the site relation of the parts, close coup- prize lists that provide classes for ling and short back, with long legs, is competition among the high step- likely to give use to a slovenly swing- pers, which means a combination of ing gait, producing clicking, stumb- shoulder, knee and hock action. Hing or other deficiencies. If there is a Slaw in the mechanism of the front The Carriage Horse In X otion. legs it is usually made evident by the A connoisseur of horses will see movement of the front feet, especially much more than the legs of a car- as they are about to touch the ground. riage horse when he is moving. As If the limb proportions are ungainly he moves along before an appropriate the feet do not seem to reach the vehicle with the latitude of a light ground at the proper stage, either hand assisting him there are flashes turning too much on the heel or not of gracefulness from every motion. turning enough, and precipitating the With this there is a quality of mind toe. that gives buoyancy to step and ac- The Action of the High Stopper. counts in no small degree for the up- The A tion of t e Hig Ste per. lifted carriage of the head. It is ex- The highest priced action in the gen- pressive of a happy temperament eral horse market is that of the high that gives gracefulness to every poise stepper. The peculiarity of this ac-and a smooth flow to every move- tion consists in lifting the knees in- ment. Such a minor organ as the ear ordinately high and flexing the plays its part in carriage and quick hocks so that they come close to the action. The eye shows the fire within body and keep the legs well under it. and challenges the critic for its mead From the standpoint of action alone, of praise in measuring the step and the higher the knees and the hocks alertness in giving it security. Scan are lifted the more valuable is the the lines of the neck, notice their horse, provided that the type and tenseness, and yet the unusual elan- other features more common are ticity it shows when occasion ofters equally satisfactory. The feet must for a movement of greater graceful- be thrown forward without any dish- ness. The shoulder plays with free- ing on either side and the hocks dom, and the smooth turned loin and must pass each other close and in quarter seem the only regions that line with the forward movement. It are not taking part in this unusual is easy to understand that while display, though in this immobility this method of movement is the most they show their real strength. showy and stylish, it is not service- As to the action of the fore legs, it able action for a road horse. The is straight away with a continued front legs soon succumb to the folding and unfolding. In the action heavy concussion they would be of the carriage horse there must be called upon to stand under hard some style and dash and high lifting driving. But this action is sought of the feet, but never enough of it to only in the horse that is used for make the action unserviceable. At short drives about the city where no time is the fore leg held in poise, style is paramount to speed and nor does it dwell either in flexion or stamina. While it is recognized that extension. The leg folds and the the high stepper should have as many foot naps from the ground and is I I 15 16 :I TO ,_, T;F77777 hL '__ _ - I- 7. me-, w. as .,< ., Or > X In 1
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