So I am taking care of an older mustang mare. She was adopted to a lady who bought her, got her training done, then stalled her and never worked with her/took her out after she got her. She was stalled for something close to 10 years, so she has a big hay belly, and her back is sunken in like crazy.
I've gotten her to lose some weight, but am not quite sure what to do about the back. I've heard pressing in part of her belly will make her back rise, but I have been unable to find the spot to press. I've also been making her run with her hind legs going under her body to make the back arch up more, in hopes of lifting it.
Any suggestions/other methods of helping to raise her back?
It looks to me like she is suffering from Lordosis, which is a degenerative issue and causes swayback. I am sure that a vet could say for sure but if it is that, then no amount of exercises or belly lifts will help. Supposedly, horses suffering from Lordosis are not in any pain and can actually be ridden (though I wouldn't try it, especially with a saddle) without hurting them. At this point, it isn't something that can be fixed but she appears to be healthy and happy so the remainder of her life might be best spent as a companion horse. She is a very pretty little girl and I love her ears. I adore mustangs.
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haha thanks! I love her, she is a really great companion too :P
I'm hoping that her back is just from lack of exercise, etc. and not the latter. But she doesn't seem to feel any pain from her back, so who knows. From looking at pictures of other horses with the illness, it does seem like that may be the case though...