Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
This would be a question for all of you anatomy gurus.....
I believe Ice has a hunters bump. His right hip bone feels just a smidge higher than his left, its not noticeable unless you put your hand right on his butt. From my research, a hunters bump is basically an old tear in the ligaments that hold the spine and pelvis together. Usually by the time its found, the injury is old and healed? Although Ice was never a jumper, tears can also be caused by slip and fall accidents, which since he was a racehorse, could have happened. While the bump is never hot, it does get more prominent with long trotting sessions.
Ice also holds his tail out at the trot. Not up, which would mean he's happy, just out. My understanding of that is that it generally means that his back is out of alignment. However, he has done this since I've had him, and the chiro has checked him over twice, as well as myself feeling for any abnormalities, and we've found zilch. So my question is, could the hunters bump be causing him to hold his tail out? While he's never been lame on his back end, I'm wondering if this could hinder his ability to use his back correctly.