Every horse is unique

| Category: Natural Asymmetry |

We tend to think that faces of people and snouts of horses are symmetrical, but the pictures below show that they are not. In fact, they are sometimes very asymmetrical.

The right and left sides of horse’s snouts and nostrils can differ in size and shape.

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10 dimensions of natural asymmetry

| Category: Natural Asymmetry |

Every horse is naturally asymmetrical. In the 17th century, Grandmaster in the art of riding Antoine de Pluvinel (1552 – 1620) already described the natural asymmetry of horses. Also, François Robichon de La Guérinière (1688 – 1751) and Gustav Steinbrecht (1808 – 1885) wrote about this phenomenon in their books.

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The natural asymmetry can be divided into 10 areas:

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Lateral asymmetry

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Almost every horse bends naturally more easily to one side than to the other. This is a result of the natural bending of the spine. The spine is bent from neck to tail, and can be bent to the left or to the right. Some horses have a continuous ‘’S’’-curve in their spine.

The right bended and the left bended horse have a:

  • concave, hollow side that contains short, stiff and strong muscles.
  • convex, stretched side that contains long, supple, weak and less developed muscles.

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