How to tell when a horses' back hurts?

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    10-03-2012, 07:53 PM
How to tell when a horses' back hurts?

Hi, I'm new so any help would be appreciated Anyway, there is a horse I know named Banjo, he is a black Quarter Horse gelding, around 15 hh and age ranging from 22-28. Anyway, he is a therapy horse and, since he is tall for a therapy horse, he gets a lot of bigger riders, so his back is going quickly. I'm just wondering if there are any ways to tell if his back is hurting, like a specific touch and response or something. Thanks!
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    10-03-2012, 08:10 PM
After a ride, you can feel of his back muscles along his spine. Start at the withers and firmly feel the muscles all the way down his back. If he is hurting he will flinch to avoid the pressure from your hands. You need to use firm pressure like a nice massage. Closely watch his behavior. If you are hurting him, he might kick you, so be careful. If he absolutely doesn't mind your handling his back muscles, then he is most likely not hurting.
    10-03-2012, 08:12 PM
He'a at the age when a horse's back starts dropping - old age. The pelvis also shifts and the tail moves up. As the back drops the ribs will spread and the horse will get a ribby look but it doesn't necessarily mean he's thin if everything else is in good flesh.

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