Weird dip in mare's spine?

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Weird dip in mare's spine?

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    01-30-2013, 11:17 AM
Weird dip in mare's spine?

This is Calypso, about 12-14 year old quarter horse mare. She has a few little kinks about her, one being a chunk missing from her neck that my thumb fits perfectly into laying flat. Long since healed over and not even a scar so you don't notice unless you happen to bump it.

I hope this is the right section. Anyway, she has a funny little dip in her spine near her hips and I was wondering what that was? She can w/t/c and I've been working on building up a little muscle so I can try endurance someday. Is it something that may bother her later in life or with more strenuous work?

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    01-30-2013, 11:23 AM
It is not so much that she has a funny little dip, it is that she has a bit of a roached back, so she has a funny little lump

If you search the forum there are plenty of threads about roach backs, here is one for you to start with Roach back: Can it be fixed?

She is very cute BTW.
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    01-30-2013, 11:56 AM
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That is called a "hunter's Bump" and is typically left over scar tissue in the sacral area. A roach bak is a little different looking.. a bit smoother (the ones I have seen that are useable).

Here is another horse with the same issue:
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    01-30-2013, 12:18 PM
Elana that horse so has a roached back!

Excuse my carpy editing skills, but this is what I have always been taught

Maybe it is different over here
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    01-30-2013, 12:20 PM
I was taught the same GH. I would've labeled it a roach as well.
    01-30-2013, 12:42 PM
I'll do some reading on both roach back and hunters bump, just to be safe. You can never be too educated!

As a bit of background, if it helps, I've had her a little over a month. Before that she was a pasture ornament for a few months after being dumped with another horse on someone's property. After I got her, the people that dumped her called up the lady I got her from and said she was lame if you tried to do more than trot, but she gallops up and down the pasture and canters with me just fine, not one lame step. I didn't get a PPE done on her because the farm I got her from was very up front and honest about all the horses and I had my pick of probably 20. And she's been great so far! I didn't even notice the bump until I was looking over some photos, after I had her a few days.
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    01-30-2013, 01:02 PM
To me it looks like she is both a little roached and also has a hunter's bump, exaggerating and making the dip between the two more noticeable than either trait alone. I would suggest she be worked on by a chiropractor.
    01-30-2013, 01:09 PM
Originally Posted by Nightside    
I'll do some reading on both roach back and hunters bump, just to be safe. You can never be too educated!
Good call
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    01-31-2013, 01:40 AM
Get a chiropractor out to see her, the whole back end looks weak wich could be because of the conformation fault or she could have suffered a serious injury that either didnt heal properly or caused alot of scar tissue. Very pretty, sweet looking face on this mare:) good luck!
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    01-31-2013, 09:23 AM
Not a great picture, but there she is in motion. Don't worry, the dog isn't chasing her, they like to race. ;)

There is only one chiro in town but I will call and see about an appointment. I know she is kept very busy with some rescue places and big barns. Should I not ride until then? We mostly walk/trot on hills on a usual ride.
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