I was just curious to know ... there's a new horse at my barn, a 12-year old Morgan, who has an extremely straight back. There is hardly a dip in it at all, and the withers are barely visible. Is there any health or riding issues with a horse having a straight back?
Saddle fitting is def. Going to be an issue for this horse. A flat back means his saddle is going to slide around and not fit accurately. I don't know much about flat backs and back issues, but I would thing that it would cause more stress on the back when working. Especially if the horse is sometype of jumper or dressage horse.
My horse has a pretty straight back with barely no whither. I havent had anyproblems fitting the saddle (although it does slip around a bit sometimes lol) and I havent had any back problems with him at all!! He is harder to ride bareback cause there is nothing to grip onto! He is just a smooth round barrel lol!! But yea, no heath issues to do with his back at all!!