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  • Re: Ratios of limb lengths

    Well over tens years ago I did a limited study on bone length ratios for
    quadrupeds. I broke the groups down by the following terms:
    saltatorial, cursorsial, and saltatorial-cursorsial. Most of the data
    I collected came from a couple of books and some published articles. It was
    not a complete study. I did this when I was racing sled dogs. I eventually
    used the information to buy a race horse. The horse did get to the
    track and did win before I retired him.

    Lessons learned:
    The horse that I selected was a one speed type of horse. I selected
    based on a top speed parameter of limb bones ratios.

    All the performance numbers I used for relating the bone ratios were
    without a rider ( wo/10 percent extra weight).

    I believe I selected too much for top speed and not for power (acceleration)
    which is critcial for short races (under 80 sec). The distal limb
    bones (pastern) too long relative to proximal end.

    Some of the results were published in Equus Magazine in the summer of
    1983 or 1984.

    I would be interested in any studies that related performance
    and variation of the oxygen consumption curves because
    of limb bone ratios.

    Larry Wellman

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