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.