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    05-03-2012, 09:59 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Saddlebreds?

Quick question...
Every saddlebred I see on horse selling websites has a HORRIFIC sway back...why is that?
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    05-03-2012, 10:08 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Sure it's a sway back and not high withers? All the Saddlebred's I've seen have high withers which gives them the appearance of a swayback. That and lack of topline muscles.
     
    05-03-2012, 10:41 PM
  #3
Green Broke
No, there is a serious indention behind the withers...Like, super dipped in right behind it then a gradualy goes up...
Like so
http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/poc...1632k6_27.jpeg


And just a disclaimer, I have nothing against saddlebreds, I think they are freaking gorgeous!!
     
    05-03-2012, 10:42 PM
  #4
Weanling
No horse should look like that, eek!
     
    05-04-2012, 12:44 AM
  #5
Started
Lordosis is quite common in Saddlebreds. Certainly there is a genetic component to it. Some lines in other breeds are prone to it also. I do believe though, we see it more often in Saddlebreds than any other breed.

However, there are thousands of Saddlebreds out there, who do not have it and who do not have a background of it.

Are you seeking a Saddlebred?

Lizzie
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    05-04-2012, 12:52 AM
  #6
Trained
In the horse's defence, I think it would look a whole lot less swayed if it had about 500 lbs put on it. SCHYJT that poor thing needs some groceries. Now back to swayed back & Saddlebreds. Some lines are prone to Lordosis and some Saddlebred breeders used to, maybe still do, breed for it because it felt really smooth and secure when the horse was really trotting out. It is a serious fault and that weak back can really cause pain issues so mostly I think people have quit breeding for it.
     
    05-04-2012, 10:01 AM
  #7
Green Broke
FeatheredFeet - No, I just like looking at them...I think they are so pretty and cute with those narrow faces and ears :3

What is lordosis??
     
    05-04-2012, 10:04 AM
  #8
Started
Lordosis = swayed back.

Lizzie
     
    05-04-2012, 10:54 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
In the horse's defence, I think it would look a whole lot less swayed if it had about 500 lbs put on it. SCHYJT that poor thing needs some groceries. Now back to swayed back & Saddlebreds. Some lines are prone to Lordosis and some Saddlebred breeders used to, maybe still do, breed for it because it felt really smooth and secure when the horse was really trotting out. It is a serious fault and that weak back can really cause pain issues so mostly I think people have quit breeding for it.
Some are still breeding for it, maybe not specifically for it but they won't shun a horse who has it. They like that it makes the neck look longer, as if it weren't long enough.
Oh & they get really mad if you call it sway back (ask how I know). They call it 'low backed'.
     
    05-04-2012, 11:50 AM
  #10
Trained
My cousin has a Saddlebred and I don't remember
Him having a swayback. I don't remember the high withers either
     

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