|Conformation analysis of baby horses is not easy! They change proportions
almost constantly; most have short, upright necks; and their legs seem
to grow in sections. However, some things do not change much from
babyhood to adult horse.
In an adult horse an upright neck carriage may indicate a preference for one of the more "ventroflexed" gaits, such as the rack or pace. But, in babies, this is the normal way of carrying the head and neck, reflecting the immature body of the foal. It is one of the things that inclines all foals, of any breed, gaited or non-gaited, to show steps of lateral gaits as they grow, but can't be taken as an indication of what the foal will do as he matures.
Thicker, shorter necks often incline an adult horse to a lateral, "ventroflexed"
gait, but again, in foals, this sort of neck is normal, and while it may
incline them as foals to lateral gaits, it does not necessarily carry over
to adulthood. Thick throat latches, in a adult horses, indicate a
difficulty with flexing at the poll, and again may incline to lateral gaits.
In foals, a thick throat latch may just be a momentary result of a growing
spurt, and not an indication of mature conformation. While the foal
has an upright, short, thick neck with a thick throatlatch, he may indeed
show a lot of lateral gait. But he will change with time, and it
is a very "iffy" thing to predict his gait and final conformation from
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