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post #1 of 3 Old 10-08-2010, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Help with Sway Back Pony

I just bought a cute little American Paint Pony. She is 11hh and 15 years old. Besides being a pasture pal for the past 5 years, she was shown in english and jumping prior to that by a little girl. She is my winter project and I'm hoping to have her somewhat back in shape by the spring.

She is slightly sway backed, nothing alarming. What I want to know is if there's a way to stop it from getting any worse. Are there certain exercises that will help strengthen her back and stomach muscles? I'm hoping that just exercise in general will fix it. She hasn't done ANYTHING in 5 years except eat!
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-08-2010, 10:07 PM
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From what I know and heard from my fellow horsie people, you can't reverse the sway back. Once they have a sway back, the have a sway back. It doesn't look too bad at all. Soe horses and ponies just naturally a more inclined curve to their back. I would say riding and exercise. Try to keep her from gettin a heavy pot belly that could put more stress on her back and weigh her back down Otherwise she should be fine. Sway back horses aren't unridable or anything, if they aren't severe. My oh my though, she is just the cutest thing ever!

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-08-2010, 10:13 PM
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She is a cute little thing. Doing some hill work might help strengthen her topline, which would bring that back up a little. It won't reverse a true sway, but if the "sway" is caused by a big hay belly and no back muscle, it can definitely be improved.

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