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The loins which are formed by the lumbar vertebrae should be short-coupled, wide and well covered. Loins should lead into a moderately long and gently sloping rump.


Loins which are too long weaken the back and interferes with the transfer of power from hind legs forward. Too much distance between the ribs and point of hip contributes to an awkward, unbalanced appearance and renders the animal's movement less efficient.