A MORGAN MARE 7 Correct Neck Set with well angulated shoulder • Low Neck Set – Straight Shoulder • Turkey Neck – Straight Shoulder eyes; straight or slightly dished short face; firm, fine lips; large nostrils; and well-rounded jowls.
The ears should be short and shapely, set rather wide apart, and carried alertly.
Mares may have a slightly longer ear. 2.
The throatlatch is slightly deeper than other breeds and should be refined sufficiently to allow proper flexion at the poll and normal respiration. 3.
The neck should come out on top of an extremely well-angulated shoulder with depth from top of withers to point of shoulder.
It should be relatively fine in relation to sex.
It should be slightly arched and should blend with the withers and back.
Ideally, the neck should have sufficient length and be set on high enough to allow the individual to set his head in a proper position while still maintaining his entire head and nose above the line of the withers.
Judges must be cautious, however, not to reward length of neck over proper placement of the neck, and must keep in mind the balance and symmetry necessary to maintain the “Morgan look” which is predicated upon the way the neck grows out of the back.
The top line of the neck should be considerably longer than the bottom line.
The stallion should have more crest than the mare or gelding.
An animal gelded late in life may resemble the stallion more closely. 4.
The withers should be well defined and extend into the back in proportion to the angulation of the shoulder. 5.
The body should be compact with a short back, close coupling, broad loins, deep flank, well-sprung ribs, croup long and well muscled, with tail attached high, carried gracefully and straight.
A weak, low, or long back is a severe fault.
The Morgan horse should not be higher at the rump than at the wither.
Judges must penalize unnatural tail carriage.
Unnatural tail carriage includes evidence of tail settings and/or breakover, dead tail and wry tail (wry tail is defined as twisted, carried askew, or distorted).
Judges have 8 an obligation to see that tails carried vertically with an abrupt breakover are severely penalized. 6.
The stifle should be placed well forward and low in the flank area.
It is imperative that weak or loose stifles be severely faulted. 7.
The legs should be straight and sound with short cannons, flat bone, and an appearance of overall substance with refinement.
The forearm should be relatively long in proportion to the cannon.
The pasterns should have sufficient length and angulation to provide a light, springy step. 8.
The structure of the rear legs is of extreme importance to the selection of a long-lasting equine athlete.
Judges must take special care to severely fault individuals displaying weakness in this area.
Any sign of poor angulation of the hocks, sickle hocks, or cow hocks must be considered a severe fault.
Lack of proper flexion of the stifle and hock is cause for very close examination of the entire structure of the rear legs and should not be tolerated in breeding stock or show ring winners. 9.
The feet should be in proportion to the size of the horse, round, open at the heel, with a concave sole and hoof of dense structure. 10.
Viewed from the front, the chest should be well developed.
The front legs should be perpendicular to the ground and closely attached to the body. 11.
Viewed from the side, the top line represents a gentle curve from the poll to the back, giving the impression of the neck sitting on top of the withers rather than in front of them, continuing to a short, straight back and a relatively level croup rounding into a well-muscled thigh.
The tail should be attached high and carried well-arched.
At maturity, the croup should NOT be higher than the withers.
The under line should be long, and the body deep through the heart girth and flanks.
The extreme angulation of the shoulder results in the arm being a little more vertical than in other breeds, placing the front legs slightly farther forward on the body.
The front legs should be straight and perpendicular to the ground.
The rear cannons should be perpendicular to the ground when points of hocks and buttocks are in the same vertical lines. 12.
Viewed from the rear, the croup should be well-rounded, thighs and gaskins well muscled.
Legs should be straight.
The gaskin should be relatively long in relation to the cannon.
The Morgan should portray good spring of rib and well-rounded buttocks.
Slab-sided individuals should be faulted. 13.
The height ranges from 14.1 to 15.2 hands, with some individuals under or over. 14.
Horses shall be serviceably sound. 15.
Stallions two years old and over must have all the fully developed physical characteristics of a stallion.
Mature stallions must be masculine in appearance, and both testicles must be dropped and appear normal.
Mares must be feminine in appearance. 9 CONFORMATION DETERMINES WAY OF GOING Normal Forelegs Travel Straight Toe-In (pigeon toe) Wings Out Toe-Out (splay) Wings In Normal Heel Contracted Heel
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