Static Observation

The horse’s general attitude and behavior are monitored for signs of pain or discomfort. Many owners will report a change in behavior (i.e., pinned ears, swishing tail) because a horse with pain often anticipates being touched or having the saddle placed on its back. Vertebral column conformation is evaluated for proper alignment and symmetry, with special attention to the top line, shape and height of the withers, and osseous pelvic symmetry. The horse is asked to stand squarely on a hard, level surface and posture is evaluated for a preferred or shifting stance, head and neck carriage, and muscular development and symmetry.

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