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    09-23-2010, 02:06 PM
Roach back

New boarder with a roach backed horse. Sadly until it was pointed out to her - she didn't realize.

Any insight you can give me?

Horse appears to be in good weight. Seems to move ok. Of course he is still in quarantine through the weekend so we have not started any training or lessons.
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    09-23-2010, 03:33 PM
Depending on the severity, saddle fit is going to be a pain. He would be fine as a trail horse but anything more than that is going to be an issue. Maybe not now but later in life for sure.

They tend to take shorter steps on the rear, so engaging the hind end is difficult. In general the horse is much less agile than one with good conformation.
    09-23-2010, 04:09 PM
To add complication to the issue - he is a Missouri Foxtrotter. Standard movements do not apply.

Another boarder mentioned the issue to them - they were not aware and had a PPE performed when they bought the horse. Vet NEVER mentioned the issue. I can only hope the doctor assumed since it was so obvious that he didn't want to insult them.

Our vet is coming next month. I am going to have a list of questions for him!
    09-23-2010, 04:14 PM
Just out of curiosity, does he gait? I'm guessing he either trots or paces...

Unlike most other gaited breeds, Fox Trotters are supposed to take long, low strides. I doubt a horse with a severe roach back would be able to do that.
    09-23-2010, 04:24 PM
No idea Cloud. I picked them up on Saturday. I have basically only seen him step into and off of my trailer. We quarantine new horses for a minimum of a week upon arrival.

If no one is using our indoor arena tonight after lessons, I will have her show me how/if he moves. She did mention to the other boarder that he doesn't like to do more than walk.

Of course - all three of her horses are rather ~ spoiled.
    09-23-2010, 04:27 PM
Green Broke
What is Roach back?
    09-23-2010, 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
She did mention to the other boarder that he doesn't like to do more than walk.
Eek... Has she ridden him yet? It sounds like his back might be sore from being ridden in a saddle not made for a roach back.
    09-23-2010, 04:29 PM
Originally Posted by mbender    
What is Roach back?
    09-23-2010, 04:33 PM
Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
Eek... Has she ridden him yet? It sounds like his back might be sore from being ridden in a saddle not made for a roach back.
Here and there. Nothing consistent. One of the several reasons she moved was due to the distance to the other facility. Another was the fact that every time she went out - she spent hours grooming burrs out of mane and tail. By the time she was done grooming, it was time to head home again.

She sent me a giddy e-mail this morning and said the one horse has been ridden more in the five days it has been with us than it has been in the last month.
    09-23-2010, 04:37 PM
Green Broke
Yucky. What is the cause of that?

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