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  • Can sway back horses be ridden

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    08-19-2013, 06:11 PM
  #11
Showing
I probably wouldn't buy a horse with a sway back. He's relatively young and the sway will likely get worse as he ages. Saddle fitting will be a nightmare (I wonder if the saddle being used on him now actually fits....somehow, I suspect it doesn't).

If he's perfect for you and you really want to bring him home, go ahead. BUT, you need to be aware that finding properly fitting tack for a horse with even a slight sway (as Wallaby discussed) can be terribly difficult. His back will be weaker so he won't be able to carry as much weight or be ridden for as long as horses with a good back.

He'll be relatively expensive to care for between the tack and, I'd have a chiro out to do some pretty routine work on him. Also, you never really know how long he'll actually be rideable. He might be perfectly fine under saddle for another 15 years.....or he could be broken down to the point of being unrideable in 5 months.
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    08-19-2013, 10:00 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I probably wouldn't buy a horse with a sway back. He's relatively young and the sway will likely get worse as he ages. Saddle fitting will be a nightmare (I wonder if the saddle being used on him now actually fits....somehow, I suspect it doesn't).

If he's perfect for you and you really want to bring him home, go ahead. BUT, you need to be aware that finding properly fitting tack for a horse with even a slight sway (as Wallaby discussed) can be terribly difficult. His back will be weaker so he won't be able to carry as much weight or be ridden for as long as horses with a good back.

He'll be relatively expensive to care for between the tack and, I'd have a chiro out to do some pretty routine work on him. Also, you never really know how long he'll actually be rideable. He might be perfectly fine under saddle for another 15 years.....or he could be broken down to the point of being unrideable in 5 months.
^This :)

Also you will have to be very mindful of keeping him working correctly. You don't want to have him hollow out in the back, you will need to get him engaging his hindquarters and working through his back... It will help him in the long run to have stronger back muscles.
     
    08-27-2013, 09:23 PM
  #13
Foal
Thank you very much for your help, guys. :) I did ultimately decide against him.
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