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HELP! Topline issue with my horse!!

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  • 12year old horse topline
  • Poor topline horse

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    06-07-2013, 07:21 PM
Post HELP! Topline issue with my horse!!


My 12 year old tb is not gaining any topline.
He is wormed regularly, had a vet check only about 2 months ago and always has his feet done.
He gets, per day (scoop is 1/2L scoop)
- 3 biscuits of pasture hay
- 2 scoops of maxi soy
- 2 scoops of supercool fattening pellets
- 12 scoops of lucerne chaff
- 2 handfuls of studmix
- 50ml of sunflower oil

His coat and feet and in great condition, he windsucks but wears a collar, he is rugged and stabled 24/7 (I do not have a choice about this, there is no pasture available in this area) and is worked everyday for 45 minutes.
He travels well in a frame, supples over the back and is relaxed. He is ridden by a professional horse trainer twice a week to keep him on track

Why would he look like this? Any feed suggestions? Is this normal? Should I be having him checked for EPM? HELP
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    06-07-2013, 08:27 PM
He seems to have a little bit of a roach back which could be giving the impression of a poor top line. Would like to see some pictures a little closer up.
    06-07-2013, 08:46 PM
Ok, here another one more close up, can you explain what a roachback is and how to treat it?
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    06-07-2013, 09:15 PM
From you hind view pic his right hip appears noticeably lower than his left.
    06-07-2013, 10:44 PM
His longissimus dorsi are tight. He has a hunter's bump, which is considered an injury (probably healed now). His hip is higher on the left. He could definitely use a good chiropractor or massage therapist.
You can go to my website and do a search on hunter's bump. I explain it in more detail there.
It looks like his nutrition is good. He is shiny and healthy looking.
    06-07-2013, 11:03 PM
Visually, what is the difference between a roach back and a hunters bump?
    06-07-2013, 11:14 PM

^ hunters bump

^ roach backed
    06-08-2013, 03:19 AM
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It is not easy to truly say but in your second picture the horse looks very misaligned in his pelvic area.
I would like to see a picture of him standing square taken so that his whole height can be seen - from behind, another where the picture is taken from behind and above.
Also, one taken from the front with him standing square and of his front legs to chest height.

To me this horse looks misaligned.
    06-08-2013, 08:30 AM
In my opinion he looks roach backed and I see hunters bump as well. Is that possible?

show horse, skinny, thoroughbred, topline, windsuck

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