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    11-12-2008, 07:48 PM
another roach back question

After reading about horse top line thinking my sisters horse may be roached back. Heres a couple of pics...what do you think? I will get some better ones tomorrow if necessary. Can you ride a roach back horse? What problems will it cause?
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    11-12-2008, 08:12 PM
It is hard to see from that angle. I appears he is so very very slightly roached but because he dips very strongly just after the withers it will make any slight deviation farther along his back look worse.

Really need to see a straight side shot of the back to be sure. If there is any roaching it does not appear to be anything I would concern myself about. What his conformation is more likely to lead to is sway back due to the dip and that is where I see weakness.
    11-12-2008, 08:22 PM
Green Broke
Squared up pictures would help a lot!
    11-12-2008, 08:27 PM
Tyvm. He is standing down hill. Tomorrow morning when I go feed I will get a better pic of his back.
    11-13-2008, 03:47 AM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
can you ride a roach back horse? What problems will it cause?
Also call kyphosis, a roach back can make a horse look like Quasimodo Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary refers to a roach back as a conformational defect, "which does not affect performance but is unattractive esthetically."

I have several roached back horses in my shoeing practice, two of them being pretty extreme. One of these, the worst I've ever seen aesthetically, is performing comfortably and successfully as a Grand Prix level dressage horse. The other is being trail ridden and also appears quite comfortable.

Despite the reference from Saunders and despite the examples I refer to, I believe a roach back has the potential to affect collection, limit range of motion, and diminish impulsion. Likewise, it can make saddle fitting an absolute nightmare.... Subsequently, I would be cautious about purchasing a horse that was roach backed, and I would not breed a roach backed horse unless I was absolutely certain that the condition was acquired rather than genetic.

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