SUE WATKINS HORSEMANSHIP

KIGERS DE LOS CALIFORNIOS

HEIGHT: 13.2 to 15.2 Hands

CONFORMATION:  Good saddle conformation.  In general, the Kiger Mustang should be compact, light to moderately muscled, smooth and stylish in appearance.

QUALITY:  The Kiger Mustang should have clean, dense bone with sufficient substance, well developed joints and tendons, and with a fine coat.

TEMPERAMENT:  The Kiger Mustang should be tractable, but with good spirit.

COLOR:  Variations of the Dun Factor: Dun, Red Dun, Grulla, Bay, Black with no or minimal white markings are prefered. Kigers have been gathered from the HMA's that where grey, brown, chestnut and a few other colors with from no white to extreme white markings. At this time these colors are not allowed in the registery.

HEAD: Medium in size, clean cut and tapering slightly from jaw to muzzle.  The profile side view can be straight, concave, or slightly bulged, as the Tarpan. Wide, clean cut lower jaw, medium fine muzzle with small and firm lips and medium nostrils. Ears should be medium in length, hooked at the tips on the inside, set wide apart and carried alertly. Cobwebbing and masking are highly desirable.

NECK: Medium length, well crested, clean cut at the throatlatch, smoothly jointed to the shoulder and deep at the point of the shoulder. Mane and foretop full and bi-colored. (Some may tend to be upright mane, Tarpan type.)

FOREHAND: Shoulders  of long  length  and at  45-50º  slope,   blending  into  smooth,  well defined,  but not too high withers.  The withers should be slightly higher than the point of the hip. Wither stripes, crosses, shadows, bars and stripes on chest and legs are highly desirable.

FORELEG: Forelegs should be moderately spaced with an inverted V appearance, when viewed from the front, where they connect to the chest.  Viewed from the front, the legs should be thin and must be straight; viewed from the side, legs should be wide and sinewy. Cannons short to medium, wide flat and free from muscling. Fetlock joint should not be round, but rather wide.  Pasterns should be clean and strong, of medium length, the slope to correlate with the slope of the shoulder.  The hoof should be of medium size, round to oblong, with thick walls.  Kiger horses tend to be 'mule footed'.

BARREL: The body conformation of the Kiger Mustang is distinctive, with chest of good depth and with short back, broad and moderately muscled.  The barrel, oval, with well sprung ribs and full flank.  The sternum should not protrude.  Withers are well defined, but not prominent.  Dorsal stripe is mandatory with herringbone stripes desirable.

HIND: The hind legs should be squarely set and so placed that the horse turns on his hindquarters with legs under the horse. The hips should be well rounded. Croup should be rounded gently with medium-low set tail, well carried.  The tail to be full with light colored guard hair.  Muscles in the hip and thigh should be long and sinewy; not heavy as characterized in draft horses. The hocks should be wide, deep and clean. Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are usually closer at the hocks than at the fetlocks. (Slightly cow hocked). Stripes on the lower legs are highly desirable.

CANNON: Short to medium, wide, flat with tendons standing well out from the bone and well defined.

PASTERN: The hind feet should resemble the forefeet and should be round, medium in size, smooth and dense.

HOOVES: Dense, compact, recessed sole and frog, tending to be oblong or mule footed.

ACTION:  Lively, light, tending toward higher than average front leg action. Some tend to be Paso gaited.

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