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post #1 of 12 Old 08-26-2014, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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what would couse such a sway back?

We just got this new rescue and are very curious what could be the cause of her sway back, she looks to be about 20 years old (just a guess from her teeth) and she looks like she might have had a lot of babies but we don't know any more about her.




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post #2 of 12 Old 08-26-2014, 01:38 AM
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genetics.
she is cute,
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-26-2014, 08:41 AM
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Genetics.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-27-2014, 12:17 AM
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I would say a combination of genetics and having babies. She has a very sweet face, though. Congrats on taking her in!
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It is called Lordosis. Here is an article: The Truth About Swaybacks | EQUUS Magazine
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-27-2014, 08:12 PM
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I'm going to say genetics. I knew a purebred Morgan trotting mare that looked like this once. She never had any foals, but looked exactly like this and it was genetics. :)
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Bless you for taking her in. What makes people breed horses with this problem? Don't get it.

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-27-2014, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for your replies everyone, I love learning new things! especially horsey things, and now I know how horses get swaybacked :) I'm glad its genetic and not pain related!

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-27-2014, 08:49 PM
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That horse rocks a sway back totally!

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-28-2014, 09:08 AM
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Interesting to note I read somewhere that horses with this structure rarely hurt from it and are rideable and useable (on a Saddle Horse forum.. and saddlebreds have a higher frequency of sway back due to genetics than other breeds). You could probably drive this horse in harness and get many more years of use. If you could fit a saddle to her or accept riding bare back she would probably be fine too.

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