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  • Conformation faults in horses roach back
  • Roach back in horses heredity

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    08-04-2009, 10:27 AM
Strange back conformation

I was expecting a foal this year, but the mare lost it. I have been looking for one to purchase and found a wonderful foal. The mother has strange spinal conformation. The owner doesn't know details other than she was told it was hunters bump. It doesn't look like the few cases of HB I have seen. I would only buy the foal, but want to make sure that the mare's conformation is not genetic. Any ideas?
filly and momma left pictures from home & garden photos on webshots
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    08-04-2009, 10:54 AM
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I have never seen it that pronounced before, but I'm wondering if the slight sway back (from baby's) and the baby belly are making it look like more then it is?
    08-04-2009, 10:55 AM
All I can say is Yuck! It does look like a HB to me, but it is extreme. She also has a dip behind the wither which makes it all look worse.

How does the foal look?
    08-04-2009, 10:56 AM
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    08-04-2009, 11:00 AM
I wonder if its not a slight roach back...?
Poor momma... :(
    08-04-2009, 11:09 AM
That's a roach back and it is a conformational flaw, not something that can build up over time.

It definatley could be passed on to the foal, but like any trait, the foal could have avoided it. I never understood why people breed mares like this. However, roach backs are genetic and it is passed on by one of the parents.
    08-04-2009, 11:10 AM
Welcome to the forum!

That is about as severe as I've seen in a hunter's bump. I'm not sure if there is a difference between a hunter's bump and a roach back but they seem to look the same.

As for the foal, I'm not sure when or if the deformity will appear but a vet would be a good person to ask. What is the breeding of the foal and the mare? I'd like to know if the mare always had this or if it developed from use. In any case, on a personal note, it was very foolish to breed that mare and I would most likely avoid the foal.
    08-04-2009, 04:36 PM
breeding on mare

While the baby is a paint, the pictured momma is all QH. She is Zan Parr Bar and Biankus bred. Both horses are producers of athletes. I saw many pictures of momma and didn't notice anything until this side view.
    08-04-2009, 05:34 PM
This is a severe roach back! I don't believe this to be a hunter bump because the sacrial (sp?) region is back further. The pelvis and the spine are not connected by joints but by ligaments and a hunter bump injury involves that particular ligament. Most hunter bumps are usually bumps on the highest point of their butt.. or it looks like one butt muscle is higher than the other.

As the other posters said, a roach back is a conformational deformity that could be passed on. However, you should be able to tell if the foal has that or not. Can you see the mares registration papers? Or her foal pictures?
    08-04-2009, 05:51 PM
That is a very severe roach back and a severe conformation fault. Personally I would never breed that mare.

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