Up doesn't win the race, but forward sure does.
So then I got to wondering what the shoulders on some of the most famous and successful racehorses looked like, and the same for dressage horses.
Let's start with Lucy, who was neither a famous nor successful racehorse:
And then we have Secretariat, one of the greatest racehorses ever:
And lastly, we have Totilas, arguably one of the hottest young dressage stallions out there:
He really has the ideal slope in his shoulder and you can clearly see that he has no issues with "up"!
Now I know that the slope of the shoulder is only a small piece to a very large puzzle that makes up an equine athlete. What parts of the conformation of a horse do you think are most important? Do you think they vary by discipline? Is your horse conformed well for the discipline you ride?