A test of your knowledge and skill of your eye.
Do you think these horses are:
1. Poll high
2. Nose in front of the vertical
3. On the Bit (not what this page is about, but often these terms are used hand in hand incorrectly)
I will start you off easy, these should be a no brainer
Please tell me you did NOT think this was right in any way....but here is the "proof" any ways
So what do think of these next pics? Are they Poll high and in front of the vertical?
Here is the moment of truth......What do you think NOW?
Just to clear up some anatomy questions....the POLL is the hard lump of bone between your horses ears, and I marked it as a dot or x on a few photo's where I drew the line at the actual highest point, rather than have it intersect thru the poll..
Do you want to know the worst part of this? All of these people THINK they have the poll high! Some even think their horse is ON the vertical or at worst only 'slightly' behind. What do you think? The lines just do NOT lie.
Ok....here is the REAL test......are these pics Poll high and in front of the vertical?
And what do you think NOW?
Sometimes....It's a real TOUGH call huh?
So here is the REAL deal....enjoy
This should be obvious to you now....but here's the lines anyways
and a few more that i lost the ones without the lines....sorry
Forward, Down and Out (FDO)
Yet another highly misunderstood concept. So the easy explanation is Pole= Forward & Down + Nose= Out. Yes....the FDO concept is comprised of ALL 3...if you are missing one or more.....you do NOT have FDO....Rather....long & low....ie: top of the neck got longer and the poll went down, but since the nose is still curled in, all you have...is .....DEEP.
So do you think THIS is FDO?
But this IS....... Forward, Down AND out.
Well that is it for today.....as I said.....this is going to be under construction for a while. I am working on finding photo's of Poll high, in front of the Vertical.....gone BAD. That's right folks....it is only ONE of the principles....not the ONLY one.....so of course you can have the poll be the highest point with the nose in front of the vertical.....and still be dead WRONG. Keep an eye out....I will get to it eventually.