Additional Characteristics

 

Additional Characteristics

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Lusitanos.

 
Lusitano-052Additional Characteristics:   This website goes over all the characteristics and qualities that put together add up to a great horse.   Its stance, walk and even its mane and tail.   The qualities and characteristics mentioned before are not only important for the horse’s looks and to identify his breed and pedigree.   These characteristics concern its gait, how it jumps or runs and even its endurance and physical capabilities.   Below we mention a few characteristics we do not want in our first, or any horse we buy.
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Lusitano-001The ears must be able to turn back and forth with ease.   This not only depends on muscles but also on the location in their head.   If they are too far back on the head when they turn forward they tend to point upwards instead of to the front and when they are turned backwards they point towards the saddle.   The opposite is also true, if they are too forward towards the forehead.
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Lusitano-050The size of the head is also important.   The best is a medium size head that is proportionate to the neck’s width.   If the head is too big or too small it affects the horse’s balance and gravity center.   This will not help the horse at all when it is forced to make sudden turns, jumps and sudden stops and starts.   The same thing goes for the neck.   It should be no more no less, than one third the length of the horse.   A short neck affects its balance and a long neck is too heavy for him to make sudden moves and turns.
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Lusitano-034The jaw must also be clearly defined and have the same size and bite all around.   A short or long bite will not provide a solid position to the bit and will hurt the horse’s mouth as the rider pulls on it.   It will also make it difficult to the horse to pick small pieces of food and even to chop grass and other foods.   A large jaw (over 7.2 inches) will also add weight to the head and disturb the horse’s natural balance.   A large jaw also inhibits the ability to flex the poll.
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Lusitano-036Horses cool the blood that flows through their brains in their sinuses.   The size of their heads and the configuration of their nostrils is something to pay attention to.   A thin muzzle reduces airflow resistance increasing the amount of air that enters the nostrils as the horse runs or walks.   Small nostrils limit the horse’s ability to breathe when they are running or exerting themselves.   This is one of the reasons why some horses point their heads to the sky when they run, they are trying to get more air but by doing so they are not looking in front of them either.
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Lusitano-062A short back provides better support and a smaller mass to move around when changing direction adding speed and maneuverability to the animal.   A long, slim back and neck are great for running in an almost straight course but they are difficult for a horse that for example, has to change directions suddenly while a bull charges towards it.   A short back is also good for a comfortable ride.
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