Is it possible she has a roach back? *pics*

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  • Barrel racing horse with slight roach back

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    09-11-2011, 10:45 AM
Is it possible she has a roach back? *pics*

To be honest, I didn't even know what it was until a few weeks ago.. and I was looking at my mare the other day and noticed the little dip upwards right before her hindquarters, and I've been paranoid since.

She is VERY out of shape at the moment, all summer I just haven't had the time to ride her, and since she is on 24/7 pasture she has never been "cooped" up. Since hurricane Irene blew threw, our grass just exploded, and I've let her take advantage of it before it gets cold and all that nice grass dies off.
But is it possible that because she is so out of shape, and has almost no muscle build at all at the moment, that's why her butt is so.... sunken? I'm not sure... I wanted to see what other people thought. On the few occasions we did get out, she showed some discomfort and stumbled a few steps, but I gave that due to the fact she is like I said- so out of shape.

And don't worry... with school off for a bit, Indie and I are going to be hitting trails again soon LOL.
Any input is greatly appreciated, Thanks guys ♥
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    09-11-2011, 01:38 PM
My horse, another Indi lol, has a back just like this! She's an OTTB, and her topline is rubbish. She's had a saddle that's rubbed her (all sorted now) but she had it before she had the bad saddle, but I dunno how good racing saddles are for a horse's back. We're working on getting her topline better, but I'm interested in what other people say about this, as her back is exactly the same. Maybe it's just horses called Indi/Indie haha
    09-11-2011, 01:55 PM
The Indie curse perhaps
    09-11-2011, 02:09 PM
Yes, it appears she does have a roach back, but it seems relatively slight. There are tons of horses that have backs like that and never have any problems. For some reason, they seem to be more common among TBs.

So long as you make sure your saddle fits her well and you pay attention if she ever acts like her back hurts, you'll get along just fine .
    09-11-2011, 02:43 PM
My OTTB Bella also has a back very similar, I thought it was a roach back but someone on here called it a hunters bump, so I'm not sure now lol. The saddle doesn't even come back as far as that spot in her back so I don't really worry about it.
She has gained some weight and built up her top line a bit since then and it's less noticeable now, I don't have recent pics tho.
    09-11-2011, 04:01 PM
It definitely looks like a roach back, but it's hard to tell for sure/the severity with the pictures so close-up and at odd angles. If you could provide a side view of the entire horse it would help. The second horse looks like it could actually be both roach backed with a hunter's bump to me, you see the upwards curvature of the spine typical of a roach back and the 'bump' over the croup that to my understanding is the torn ligament we call a hunter's bump. I don't know enough about either to be positive though.
    09-11-2011, 04:10 PM
Hunters bump and roach back are the same thing. I would say your horse does have a roach back.
    09-11-2011, 04:19 PM
@smrobs, thanks.. she's never really showed serious signs of back pain that would be out of the ordinary, I'm really more concerned on if it'll effect her later on when she starts getting old, thank you so much for your input!

@Rachel, that does look a lot like Indies back... anything further you can tell me will be awesome, idk I'm just paranoid right now LOL. Thanks!!!

@Gremmy, I'm uploading some better ones now, I'm not expecting any expert advice here, I just love hearing everyones personal thoughts on the matter, thank you ^^
    09-11-2011, 04:28 PM
Hopefully these are a little better. The upside of a back-yard pony is she's always right outside my door LOL!
Sorry if they're not quite straight... Indie is a fidgety little thing

And here she actually parked out for you guys a little bit xD
    09-11-2011, 05:44 PM
Possibly, but it's slight. I can't see it causing any major problems.

Really if her hind end was bulked up a little more, it wouldn't even be noticeable at all. When she's older, it may give her problems, especially if she gets a little sway backed with age, as it'd cause her spine to go in several different angles.

Just make sure she always gets a good warm up to give her back time, and just watch her. If she starts acting tender at all through the years, a chiropracter could give you some good advice.

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