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    03-29-2011, 06:47 PM
Thanks, guys, you've all pretty much agreed with what my gut instinct was telling me. I figured he wouldn't work out. His ad states that he'll be sent to a show barn in TX if his owner can't sell him before she moves, so at least I know he'll be getting a home.
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    03-29-2011, 07:34 PM
My gelding has a swayback, I'm not sure if he was born that way or if it was caused from age or injury, he's 33-38 now and i've had him for 13years, his past is a complete mystery to me, in all the years i've owned him he's never had problems, but he's never been more then a trail horse with me(although we did gallop a lot in our younger days), I rode with a girl who's horse had a severe swayback, his back dipped a good 10" lower then his withers/rump, she actually barrel raced him very successfully, for me it wouldn't be a deal breaker, but it depends on your competition needs
This is my old guy taken in July
    03-29-2011, 08:19 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't get him if I were you, and I know from personal experience. I was going to get a really sweet but sway backed gelding, and was told that I would never be able to jump him.

If you want to event than this probably won't be the horse for you.
    03-29-2011, 09:43 PM
He has a cute little jump. Stupid back issues!

Rachel, your old man is cute!
    03-30-2011, 12:10 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Quixotic    
okay, you guys are pretty much echoing all of the concerns that were going through my mind.
This is the horse, btw.
Some lines of saddlebreds are born this way as well. It only gets worse with age and they eventually can no longer be ridden because it's impossible to fit a saddle to their back. He's nearly to that point already! If his gets any worse, you won't be able to pad him up well enough to make him comfortable.
    03-30-2011, 12:13 AM
Yep, I'm not going to pursue him at all.
    03-30-2011, 12:17 AM
Green Broke
Here's an ASB mare that the owner wanted me to help custom build a saddle pad for, so she could ride her. I told her there was no way a pad could fit any saddle to this poor mare. She was only about 13 years old in this photo, if I remember correctly.
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    03-30-2011, 02:57 AM
O my gosh! That is horrible looking. Poor mare.
    03-31-2011, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Here's an ASB mare that the owner wanted me to help custom build a saddle pad for, so she could ride her. I told her there was no way a pad could fit any saddle to this poor mare. She was only about 13 years old in this photo, if I remember correctly.
Holy cow, that is a crazy swayback. I wonder how long she's been like that. I don't think I'd even think of riding a horse that looked like that, let along purchasing one (FYI, not a shot at the OP, the OP's posted horse is not nearly as bad imo, I'm just wondering if the woman bought the horse looking like that).

This has been an interesting read though. I have a friend who's horse is sway backed and he's only 9 years old, but I don't remember him being sway back the first time I met him 3 years ago, so I'm wondering how it developed, or if I just never noticed it before. It's about the equivilent of the horse the OP posted, except I think my friend's horse's back is longer.

Equiniphile do you remember the link to the article you read? I'd be interested in reading it as well.
    03-31-2011, 02:00 PM
Glad your not going to buy him Quixotic. I think its just going to get worse and worse, eventually he might end up looking like that poor mare. What exactly are you looking for? I could help you search. Im pretty good at it, since I look everyday even though I can't afford to buy any horse right now..... im addicted.

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