Problems with a "straight" back?

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    04-20-2009, 09:56 PM
Problems with a "straight" back?

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?
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    04-20-2009, 10:31 PM
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.
    04-20-2009, 10:37 PM
Very true. She's a western horse, and I've always known western saddles to be harder to fit. Hmm ...
    04-20-2009, 11:00 PM
My three year old is pretty straight backed, but then again, he is still young and unworked really. I'll have to look at him again tomorrow, I don't think he has a back like a board though.
    04-22-2009, 08:34 AM
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!!
    04-24-2009, 11:58 PM
Ok, thanks guys!

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