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post #11 of 22 Old 01-10-2013, 11:51 AM
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Too bad such a pretty girl, ended up with such problems. I agree, this mare definitely has Lordosis. It is absolutely genetic, so I'll bet her sire and/or dam also had it. It is seen in several breeds, but unfortunately very well entrenched in American Saddlebreds. I've seen many Saddlebreds with the problem and were quite useful riding horses throughout their lives, with careful saddle fitting. I think, I also see a slight hint of a roach there. Others might like to say if they see that, of if I'm just seeing things.

Definitely never allow her to be bred, but give her a chance to do something with her life. She's still very young to possibly have 25 or more years ahead, just being a pasture pet. Keep us posted on her progress and bravo to you, for taking her in.

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post #12 of 22 Old 01-10-2013, 11:55 AM
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I recently acquired an new mare who have a very noticeable dip in her back and sometimes it not as noticable as other times and I a,m having a hard time deciding what is causing it and how to improve her top line. Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated. She is an 8 year old appendix QH just shy of 17 hands
Am I the only one seeing that this horse needs GROCERIES? I can count every rib, could hang a coat off her hip bones and her flanks are totally sunken in. Yes, she has high withers, she may have Lordosis, but goodness, she definitely has HUNGRY.

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The OP has already addressed that.

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post #14 of 22 Old 01-10-2013, 12:24 PM
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Ok, I missed that post. I'm thinking she will look a lot different once she has some weight. She may still have some sway to her back but it will be well padded at least.

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Mostly this horse needs feed and muscling.. And helping her will require a lot of trotting up hills on a loose rein.. rider in a two point.. to help her build abdominal muscles to support her back as much as possible.
I also mentioned it the feed need.

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Are you giving her salt? When a horse appears tucked up in the flank that can mean a salt deficiancy.
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As the OP already mentioned, she needs feed. I'm not sure that any saddle will fit her unless there is a pad that can fill in the space. For English saddles, she will need a riser pad and for western saddles, there are swayback pads that can fill in the gap. She will probably look a lot better once she gains the weight, but her back will hurt if she is ridden without proper padding.
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post #18 of 22 Old 01-10-2013, 05:30 PM
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Heck that's probably why she has a sway back... Someone was jumping her at 2 years old? Poor baby. It's good that you are going to give her a great home then.
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That is true. If its not going to hurt her I will wouldn't mind riding her to keep her in shape. I'm small 5'2 and only about 100 pounds. Dealing with sway back is new to me and I couldn't stand putting a horse in pain.

Do you think it would be better to try and find a good fitting saddle or just ride in a well padded bare back pad?
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From what I have heard, riding with a well fitted saddle is actually better for a horse with lordosis than bareback.

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