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 Kyle King and Corrine Super’s Capone I won the Sunday $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix during DC III at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California in early 2011. © Flying Horse Photography


lightness of the forehand. The line extended through the naturally occurring groove in the forearm also emerges into the rear quarter of the hoof, which aids in soundness and longevity. As to the ability to be quick with the front legs, we have consistently seen that a pronounced rise from elbow to point of shoulder is a must. Because the foreleg is one apparatus from top of scapula to knee, a high point of shoulder means that the elbow does not move through as great a range of motion. This makes the raising of the forearm occur more quickly and with more elevation than with a low point of shoulder. It is also a contributing factor for lightness of the forehand. Another factor for lightness is a base of neck that is well above the point of shoulder. In this case, he has a high point of shoulder, adding even more lightness. Although Capone I is a


powerfully built 16.1-hand stallion, his mechanics are those of a horse with considerable lightness. Therefore, from the perspective of functional


efficient spring, so let’s see where he gets his scope. His stifle protrusion is well below the bottom of the sheath, which provides a great range of motion for the hind leg. The higher the stifle is, the shorter the range of motion is, which results in a shorter stride and, of course, less scope. Now let’s move to the forehand. Again, as we have


come to expect from the top equine athletes in the English disciplines, we find the line depicting the pillar of support emerging well in front of the withers for


conformation, he is built to do exactly what he does so well.


About Judy: Having researched equine conformation for the last 30 years, Judy has written two books about the subject with two more on the agenda. She travels worldwide giving clinics about conformation for all disciplines. Her website is www.jwequine.com.


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