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    07-09-2010, 04:00 PM
Horse doesn't use back

Ive had this horse for about 5 years now and even before I bought him he had some issues. His feet had been shod wrong when he was a colt which in turn caused him to not use his back while he walks, trots, etc. and develop a sway back. I have a ton of exercises that I am doing with him, but for the past year now there has been absolutely no improvement. I've tried cavalettis, trotting poles, back raises, side riens, new bits, stopped riding with a saddle, streches, hills. I know it doesnt happen over night but after a year of no improvement I need some new ideas. Any help would be great thanks!
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    07-09-2010, 04:02 PM
Are you sure it's not lordosis? That can cause a swayed back in young animals.

I've never heard of a bad shoeing job causing a horse not to use his back properly.
    07-09-2010, 04:18 PM
Do you have pictures we can see??
    07-09-2010, 08:11 PM
It is definitely possible that bad hoofcare can cause back problems, but not sure about a sway back. Never had experience with a true sway backed horse, despite seeing many atrocious hooves. Have you had a vet & bodyworker to him? Perhaps they could suggest something, or at least let you know it's unchangeable & hopefully tell you how best to ride him without hurting him?

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