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post #1 of 22 Old 11-23-2011, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Roach back?!?!?!?!

I have 9 horses, all (but 1) are fat and healthy, the other is a little on the thin side, only had her for a few weeks... putting on weight slowly

I've actually got three and my sister has the rest /: so unfair... but you know, it happens...


they're all different breeds, but all my sisters horses, apart from the shetland, have a roach back. and none of mine do.

They all get worked and fed differently and according to there needs, but all kept in the same paddock. it's just weird how my sisters horses have it and mine don't.

I thought it could have been the way she rides and works them, but I ride one of them more then she does (cause of reasons) and she has it to...

so now I'm thinking it's just random and has nothing to do with anything.

But I heard from somewhere that Roach back isn't all that common. yet we have 5 horses with it... out of 9. But none of them are bad, there quite mild.

so is it common?! how do you treat it/can you treat it? has anyone got a horse with it?!

heres a piccy so we know we're all talking about the same thing - not my horse, don't have a good photo, but that's about how 'bad' mine are. which isn't bad.
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-23-2011, 07:46 PM
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The photo didn't work for me.
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The photo didn't work for me.
Me either :(
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Photo not worknig.. btw your lucky you have 3 (sure you know this) i would kill to even lease on, luckily i do stablehand work at a welsh and arab stud so i get my horse does haha rambling... :0)
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Cowboy has a roach back, so don't feel bad haha. :)

_//^\\_ Cowboy ^_^
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Erase the (&Private) thing.. I'm a computer student ;P


There you go
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-23-2011, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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awhh sorry guys - I've attached a photo of the little pony, shes the worst, and that's the one i ride, cause I'm lighter then my sister! (:

and yeah shes fluffy and purple :P hahaha, the shampoo is purple, great stuff!! makes them clean looking now i'm just ranting on, cause it's taking a while to upload.
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Hmm. I guess I see a slight rise in the back there, but it is not something that I would really notice, from this picture anyway. So if that's the worst, they look pretty good. It's really hard to tell from one picture, but his back looks more straight than roached.

Maybe what I see is just a little dip where the spine meets the pelvis, rather than a roach? That dip is usually visible on thin horses, but the pony doesn't look thin so I'm not sure what to think. But it is a good looking pony and if she is roach backed, it is very minor, which is great.

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Thanks (:
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This conformation seems typical of a horse whose withers are noticably higher than the hip. Many TBs are built like your pony and seem to make great jumpers. That's not a roach back. A roach back has a barrel appearance to it. A saddle will teeter back and forth.
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