So I went to look at a mare I'm thinking about buying for trails and pasture riding. I liked pretty much everything about her except that she cribs (corrected with a collar) and has a bump on her back (and of course she's mareish). Now she's a long horse and was used as a broodmare. She's not swaybacked. The guy who owns her is a friend and said he had a chiro look at her and he said it didnt bother her. I poked and prodded and pinched all over her back an she had the same reaction on that spot as the rest of her back. It didnt seem to cause her pain. He has been riding her and said he hasnt had problems. I have not gotten to ride her b/c of the rain. So I do not know how she does during a workout. Any ideas? The bump is located in the lumbar region and I'm thinking it might be a hunter's bump. Does anyone have any details?
Hmmm...pictures would have helped, but lemme see if I can get some examples:
That's all the bumps I can think of that a horse can have on her back. If it ends up being the roachback, personally, I'd pass on this mare but from what I know of Hunter's Bump they are fine...just not the prettiest to look at :)
It.s not roach back for sure. I'm pretty sure it's a hunters bump. She's not sensitive to touch in the area. On her the bump is a bit further up than in that pic. That one sits right on top of the pelvis while hers sits a bit in front of it. The chiro said her pelvis was a teeny bit outta alignment but nothing to worry about bc she's not doing strenous work. Just trails.
Did the chiro say what she thought it was? My best suggestionto you would be to get a vet out and do a pre-purchase exam. Some vets know a bit about conformation and might be able to tell you what exactly it is, and then how it should affect her if anything.
Her had her looked at when he first bought her so I don't know really what was said. I talked to his younger sister and she hasnt said anything about any lameness. I don't think he would lie to me and he wouldnt have bought her if he couldnt ride her as he was going to use her for roping, but just doesnt have the time between his other colts. I'm on a tight budget and I find it really hard to shell out the money for a vet check for a horse I may not get. But I probably will anyways. How much do they normally cost?
Cost wise it depends on the vet and what you have done. For both of my horses that had the vet check I paid $120 I believe. Well worth it for when I was looking for a trail horse, the first horse I looked at, a beautiful red roan gelding, ended up having something wrong with his hocks. Not sure of the name she gave it, but he wouldn't be sound for long.
I just heard from the girl that bought him after I passed, and she was surprised that he was lame already. So thanks to my vet I have a sound horse instead of a lame trail horse :)
I think it depends on what it is...could you maybe go back and get pics and some videos of the horse moving?
If it's just a hunters bump, then it shouldn't effect at all, and I have heard some vets say that a roached back won't hurt (though I myself wouldn't ride a horse with roached back).
Maybe someone else on here might know what other bumps there can be.
I think you should vet any horse you're taking on. It can save you a lot of money and heartache later. Even though your friend may be completely honest, there may be health concerns he is unaware of. My TB has a hunter's bump but it doesn't affect him at all and I ride him wtc 4-5 times a week.