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post #1 of 26 Old 03-27-2010, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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yearling draft with humped back...help

I rescued a yearling (?) emmaciated, filthy, uncared for draft gelding today at a local auction. His back appears to be humped all the time. He walks, trots, is alert and responsive. And HUNGRY. But his back appears humped up, after the withers and before his croup drops down.

I have years and years of experience with light/riding breed horses. However none with the drafties. Are there any ailments, diseases that cause this humped back? I do plan on consulting with my vet, but I just got him this afternoon and he's acting just fine, except for the visual of the humpy back.


Can anyone give me any advice on this?
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post #2 of 26 Old 03-27-2010, 10:01 PM
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do you have any pics?
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post #3 of 26 Old 03-27-2010, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't get any tonight.

I will tomorrow and try to post them here... (I'm new, so I'll have to figure it out) or I can post links to them.
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It sounds like a roach back to me. It is a fairly common conformational fault though it seems to be more prevalent among TB's. Generally, a horse with a roach back can still lead a fairly productive life though finding a saddle that is comfortable for them is harder and can be expensive.

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post #5 of 26 Old 03-28-2010, 01:59 AM
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Either a roach back or could be some sort of spinal deformity. There's a horse at a local rescue here who has an "s" curve and an upward hump of his spine. Weirdest thing but he does just fine as a pasture pony. It'll be interesting to see what your new guy looks like. Bless you for rescuing him!

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post #6 of 26 Old 03-28-2010, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses!

I will get pic's of him today- before we start the clean up process. Maybe you all can give me a guess on age too- i'll take some teeth pics too.

Off to google roach back.
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post #7 of 26 Old 03-28-2010, 10:57 AM
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Does he look sucked up too? He could be in pain and humping his back to try and get away from that pain.

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post #8 of 26 Old 03-28-2010, 11:24 AM
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Since he's thin, my first thought was abdomen pain.
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post #9 of 26 Old 03-29-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I wormed him with a half (660lbs) of Equimax yesterday. Looks like we've got a nice case of lice on our hands too.

He does LOOK like a roach back, however the abdomen pain makes sense too, as he is caked with manure, lice covered and I'm sure, very parasitic. He does not act colicky at all and I've got some UlcerEze, that would sooth his stomach, I can start giving him that.

He doesn't know what grain is and has no interest in trying it really. I've got really nice hay and he's very happy to bury his head in that.

I've got pictures and am going to work on posting them.

He's been easy to handle, took his wormer like a champ and loves us because he's figured out we can scratch him- with the lice, he itches all over. Picked up some lice duster at TSC this am and the ivermectin will help with the lice as well.

I'm thinking doing a Power Pack worming dose on him would be best- anyone have any thoughts, experiences with that on a highly parasitic youngster? Since I did the Equimax yesterday, how long do I have to wait before doing a Power Pack?
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I would wait two weeks...give him the other half of the ivermectin...wait another 2 weeks then hit him with the power pack...that will cover all your bases.

I would have used a fenbendazole instead of an ivermectin to start worming him...just because it seems kinder on the skinny horses stomach....but I don't think it will hurt him having started with an ivermectin.

My main advice is let the ivermectin do its work first and clear out some of the initial parasites before the power pack...that way its easier on his insides lol


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