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hello. hope you are aware of pounding or pointing stride in horses. is it a confirmation fault? i found uncomfortable riding a horse which has pounding stride today in the morning.

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Rohit,

This question sounds familiar.  Conformation has a great deal to do with how the horse moves.  Horses with short, straight pasterns generally have much more jarring gaits than ones with longer pastern and a better pastern angle.  More capability of the joint to flex and act as a shock absorber.  Horses with longer, more sloping shoulders have are better built to have more reach to their stride which makes the ride less choppy because the horse covers more ground with each stride.

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

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Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

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Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

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American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

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Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

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Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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