Back problemes and weight problemes HELP!!

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        10-12-2013, 03:12 PM
    Back problemes and weight problemes HELP!!

    Hi, My horses name is Sunny he is a 13 year old 16 hand Paint(Thoroughbred) cross. His back has this sort of bump towards the back that is getting very slowly worse and I am wondering if anyone knows why this bump is here. I trail ride him and do arena work and the tiniest bit of gaming (No jumping). He's barely ever lame except sometimes after a brand new par of shoes. He has front shoes on. He is pretty well balanced he knows how to engage the front end and hind end very well (So I don't think it has to do with him not engaging his body properly).

    Also he eats lots, he is a thoroughbred so I can't feed him much alf without him becoming very high but his weight is weird he eats two and a half flacks of alf mix twice a day and he has a big belly that gets bigger if he's getting to much feed but his ribs are always showing and his back bone always looks weird. Like it's sicking up way to far or his belly is almost hanging... He's worked very often, he lives on a luxury ranch. The feed is high quality. He has been wormed three times this year. He is up to date on his shots.

    Here are two photos one that shows how much his ribs show and the bump in his back and another that shows his conformation better. (ope that the nicer photo is from last year, so the bump is smaller)

    Your thoughts are very helpful!!
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        10-12-2013, 05:27 PM
    That, my friend is called a hunters bump. It's cause by trauma to the spine, usually as a foal. Normally opit does not affect the horses way of going, but if it's getting worse and worse you might want to have a vet check it. Hold on I'll look up a good article. And as for his weight, he may need a high fat grain. I Ike triple crown senior, myself. Have you treated for ulcers?
        10-12-2013, 05:30 PM
    Oh, excuse me it is the pelvis not the spine, oops! Cause And Effect Of Hunter's Bump In The Horse
        10-12-2013, 05:33 PM
    My horse also has a hunter's bump...just as the above poster said...he was broken too early and it shows in other parts of his body as well...he's a little hard to get a proper saddle fit on but it's never affected his ability to do anything including jumping, running barrels, yeilding the hindquarters and front end, stopping on a dime or galloping full out. But what exactly do you mean by worse? More tender in the area?
        10-12-2013, 10:03 PM
    I would have a fecal egg count on him. He may have parasites that are resistant to your worming program, particularly if he is being wormed on a rotation with the same wormer without an egg count being done.

    For the back, a saddle fitter may be the best option. For the lameness after shoeing I would change farriers. Your horse should not be lame after the farrier visits.
        10-13-2013, 02:13 AM
    Chickenoverlord Thank you sooooo much! I will read that article tomorrow morning!

    megstwoIDpal Thank you so much this was very helpful. The bump (Hunters bump) seams to be getting more noticeable... It doesn't seam to heart him, I was thinking about getting a horse chiropractor out. You said that the results of being broke to early shows in other parts of your horses body, like where?

    Rookie hi, my saddle could fit the slightest bit better (I use a wither bump which makes it fit well) but it seams that as the people above menchained that he has a Hunters Bump. My farrier is a 5 star world class/champion farrier and he works on the rest of our 11 horses and they never have lameness issues so I'm pretty positive that Sunny's lameness is just because he is a little sensitive with his white feet. Thank you sooo much for you reply to this forum!!!! All the input I can get is extremely helpful.
        10-13-2013, 11:46 AM
    megstwoIDpal Thank you so much this was very helpful. The bump (Hunters bump) seams to be getting more noticeable... It doesn't seam to heart him, I was thinking about getting a horse chiropractor out. You said that the results of being broke to early shows in other parts of your horses body, like where?

    His back is just slightly swayed and he's a little over in the knee. I usually just massage him real well all throughout his topline and he hasn't had any issues. Has your horse lost any topline muscling? Maybe the bump isn't changing but area around it could be. But you could certainly have a chiropractor or a vet out to make sure hell be okay

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