I'm looking at a 14 y.o. TB gelding that has some back problems. The owner's email is below. The closest thing I could find to what she's describing is Kissing Spine. Is that what this is? How major of a problem could this be? I plan on riding in lessons, going for an occasional trail ride, learning some dressage, and doing small courses (up to 2'-2'6") with him. Maybe some shows just for fun next year and I might want to let my trainer use him for beginner / intermediate lessons. Should I be concerned about long term problems?
The xrays show that he lost some of the cushioning between his 16 and 17 vertebrae (mostlikely from heavy duty jumping) causing the vertebrae to pinch when he arches his back (jumps) however I put him on bute when I am working him hard. However I am jumping him at 3'-3'9 and that's whats going to put the biggest strain on his back, if he was jumping smaller than there would be almost no problem at all however I do the big jumpers. I put him on bute when I am working him hard (show season). We do give him ACE just in case of any pain he may have while having his
Hind legs done, but he does fine with our farrier because he holds winston's hind legs low so it doesn't wear out his back (it's mostly that winstongets tired of holding his hind legs up so high). Other than that there are no lamneness issues. I am not to fimiliar with dressage but the vet told me that flat work won't hurt him. I would ask your trainer his/her opinion on winston as far as his back and dressage is concerned because I was never involved in dressage I never asked the vet what his thoughts were on it. He really does have a great personality and he truely is the best horse I've ever owned.