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izabela
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Username: izabela

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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 - 10:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi

I would like ask a question about movement of andalusian horses. The whole paddling thing.
Does every andalusin move that way ?
And did it cause any health problems ( arthritis ) later on in life?
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Fran C
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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Izabela,

I don't own Andalusians, but have been studying and watching the breed for a few years as I am interested in owning one as my next sport horse, specifically dressage. I think they are absolutely stunning horses.

What I have noticed is that people selling them as dressage horses make note when the horse does NOT paddle, as this would be considered undesirable in the ring. So, to answer your question, no, not all of them paddle. I can only assume that they are now being bred to eliminate what would be considered a fault in their gaits.

As to whether or not paddling leads to eventual health issues, I don't know, and it's a very good question; I too would be interested in knowing the answer.

There are a couple of Andalusian breeders on this site that hopefully will enlighten you (and me!) a bit more.
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izabela
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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010 - 10:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you Fran for shedding some light on the issue.

I'm also looking at getting andalusian some time in a future, absolutely love this breed.

Now that you mentioned it I do remember few( just few) andalusians for sale with "straight movement" I hope that means - no paddling, I might look into it some more.

What I don't understand is when looking at description of the breed," movement should be straight with no deviation either inwards or outwards" and paddling is a fault...
Why there is so many andalusians and PRE that paddle.
I was thinking that maybe here in Australia they have lower standards.

Thanks again and yes I'm also looking forward to hear some more on that subject.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 - 5:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome izabela,
Though I have no personal experience with Andalusians there are many breeds where "paddling" is considered acceptable and even desirable, though if you call it paddling they will correct you to use some other term like "termino". As to whether this might be a weakness that leads to problems this is best assessed by looking at the conformation of the legs.

Paddling that occurs do to conformation faults should certainly be avoided but if the legs are correct and the leg is straight and under the horse when the foot lands and viewed from the front, there will not be a increased propensity for problems.
DrO
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izabela
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Posted on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 - 10:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

thank you for clearing that up DrO.
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