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        07-27-2012, 04:44 PM
    Yes - she had to use an english saddle or a round skirted western so it wouldn't settle on the loin.

    Not a big deal for her mare - the horse really didn't have issues, but this gal was always considerate of her horses and I guess after 10 years (and they are still at it) she must be doing something right!

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        07-27-2012, 05:15 PM
    Sorry... But what is a roach?
        07-27-2012, 06:15 PM
    A roach back is most commonly described as the opposite of a sway back. It can be caused by an injury or just the conformation of the horse. There is a convex in the horses back before the rump, right where the loin and lumbar are located.

    This is a severe case.

    You can see hers best in the first picture. Notice how from the tallest point of her rump, the line of her back drops slightly before raising again and then drops again at the middle of her back (going from butt to withers).
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        07-28-2012, 12:58 AM
    I can see improvement, especially in the shape and angle of the croup and in her neck. She overall looks smoother.

    I don't think she'll have any problem being a jumper, as long as she stays conditioned and fit, in addition to working on all the weak points she has now, as you said above, but that all fixes with a little work and conditioning.
        08-01-2012, 04:39 PM
    The chiropractor is coming out again on the 14th.

    My english saddle was worn uneven and not fitting her correctly at the last chiro appointment, so I have been using my western saddle extensively. I am interested to see what he can tell me about the western saddle and where she is sore.

    Poor guy. I have a page and a half list of points to talk about, and a diagram of the horse muscular system and a picture of the lower back bones showing the angle of roach backed horses. I will be sure to post that Q&A when we get finished. He is a DVM, Chiro, and Acupuncturist, so I feel like I will be getting good and true answers from him.

    English saddle is going to get reflocked on the 11th, so if the western is what's bothering her for some reason, I can start using the english again and then start over.
        08-01-2012, 08:09 PM
    She's looking much BETTER= you've put in a LOT of hard work CONGRATULATIONS!
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        08-01-2012, 08:17 PM
    Thank you so much. I am going to post another picture of her in a few more months. I hope to start even more rigorous training after we get the saddle issue figured out. We are calling it "Pony Boot Camp", it's going to be a reformed program from "Work For 20 Minutes Then Sit Around And Talk".
        08-01-2012, 09:42 PM
    Wow, you are a caring and diligent horse owner!!!
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        08-01-2012, 09:50 PM
    Sometimes it feels more like I am a hypochondriac to be honest.
        08-01-2012, 11:02 PM
    Try to not let it get to you. Is the horse smart? Kind hearted? Does the horse have a good heart? That's what matters.

    If the conformation of the horse prevents him from doing intended purpose, time to consider selling to a home that will use the horse as a putter around trail horse.

    If the horse suits your needs, then love him for what he is.
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