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post #11 of 13 Old 08-06-2014, 12:12 PM
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Oh a flat back can have topline all right. Diddly has a lovely topline now.
;Normally a horses back is mildy u shaped. As in the tiniest sway to it. However a horse with a flat back has a completely straight back, with no u bend in it. It gives the horse great strength in the back, but as I'm sure some of you know, (see the amount of saddles I tried for reference) it is SO difficult to fit saddles to a horse with a back like this and you need to be really careful. Apart from that, and not looking quite perfect when stripped, a flat, straight back tends to be more of an asset than a hindrance. So I've found anyway.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-06-2014, 05:33 PM
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Would this horse be considered to have a flat back?

I see that the OP's horse, besides having very narrow withers, has a back that barely dips down behind the withers, but also the loin area is very strong and 'up', with lots of topline support. Is that what is meant?

My horse does not have very pronounced withers, but I think he has a similar looking loin area. His hind end is weaker, however, with the hip not being as deep. There is still a goodish amount of back there, and could be considered flat?

Sorry for being obnoxious, I just want to know what the difference is =/
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-07-2014, 03:31 PM
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yes. That is a flat back as far as I am concerned. Its actually quite practical once you get the hang of saddle fitting and the horse gets his head around bringing his quarters under himself. :)
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