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post #11 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 12:17 PM
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He's also out of shape, which is going to pull his back down. Once you put him in work and that tummy tightens up with muscle, he won't look so pulled down.
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Now this is a sway back......
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 12:31 PM
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Looks like a combination of high withers and butt high/downhill build. I can see how it could give an unexperienced eye (i.e. Your DH ) the impression of swayback. It might be a little bit harder to find a good saddle fit, but nothing a good saddle fitter couldn't work with.
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 12:32 PM
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Omg... I'm no expert, but that almost looks painful for the horse.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-14-2012, 08:03 PM
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Here is a better picture of him. He is a 15 year old gelding. Bought him for my daughter to start 4H.

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Yup , not a swayback. :) I see a horse who needs to work on some stomach muscle to sling up his topline, along with actual topline work. Long and low work without letting him drop his shoulders becoming downhill. Don't just let him stretch and fall on his forehand. :)

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yup , not a swayback. :) I see a horse who needs to work on some stomach muscle to sling up his topline, along with actual topline work. Long and low work without letting him drop his shoulders becoming downhill. Don't just let him stretch and fall on his forehand. :)

He is handsome.
Thanks for all your feedback!!

Ok, so my next question - how the heck do I do what Royal Pine Buck suggests??
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