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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2010, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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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. ive 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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post #2 of 4 Old 07-09-2010, 04:02 PM
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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.
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Do you have pictures we can see??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-09-2010, 08:11 PM
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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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