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post #11 of 21 Old 02-02-2012, 10:53 PM
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Then I assume that the farrier has a long term plan to slowly bring her feet back to the correct angles?

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post #12 of 21 Old 02-02-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Yes ma'am she does. Does her having a long back mean anything bad?
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-03-2012, 10:43 PM
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Yes ma'am she does. Does her having a long back mean anything bad?
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Long generally means weaker. Just like a board that is longer can't support as much weight for as long if it isn't thick enough, so a longer back will break down more quickly if it isn't supported well. Strengthening the muscles of her back will help keep it in shape better and help it not to break down so quickly. I know one exercise for building strength in the back (especially in a longer back) is backing up hills.

This is what can happen to a long back if it isn't properly supported. This is Candy, a 21yo quarter horse who was a broodmare most of her life. I don't know her entire history, but I know she was also used as a polo pony, trail horse, and sometime Girl Scout horse camp horse (where this pic was taken). We had to put two pads on her (one with built up withers) because they didn't make a built up pad thick enough to bring the saddle off her withers (at least not without going into serious money the owners didn't want to spend on an old, worn out horse).

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That pic of Candy is terrifying :(

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That pic of Candy is terrifying :(
Yeah, it is. None of the wranglers would ride her because of her back. We felt so bad for the poor girl. Luckily, she was one of the few horses we never needed to school, so we didn't have to worry about anyone bigger than one of the 40-50lbs girls riding her. She was sweet with the girls, but definitely the boss mare of our little herd. I have one pic of her being ridden by one of the girls, but it's really difficult to see. She's on the right and you can see how much lower the girl and the saddle are sitting than her butt or withers.


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Oh gosh poor candy.
She's still pretty even with her back like that though.
I will start backing up hills with her, is there any other things I can do to help with her back? :)
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You might want to start a thread in the Horse Health forum about strengthening her back. I honestly can't remember any of the other exercises. Sorry!

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How much of what and how often is she getting fed? She looks like she can really use more eight and muscle tone. If the feed isn't good, that isn't going to happen.
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It's a quality feed made by a local farm. All the "horse people" around here use it. Its what made her gain almost all her weight back in 4 months. She gets feed twice a day with 1 and a half scoops per feeding and access to fescue hay. If I am not feeding her rite please let me know so I can make the necessary changes :) she is my first horse so I'm still learning
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post #20 of 21 Old 02-06-2012, 12:31 PM
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It's good you want to learn.


Feeds need to be weighed for feeding, not by the scoop.

If you could find out what is in the horse feed that would help a lot.
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