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    08-16-2010, 04:13 AM
Sore back?

So my horse seems to have some sort of back problem... he is very sensitive to touch around his loin region on his back. When I run my fingers down his spine he has the normal reaction 'spina prominens reflex' where he curves his back away from the pressure, however he also flinches away when I brush him sometimes. When I first saddle him up he does this strange thing where he dips his back away from the pressure of the saddle. Also when I first start riding him he is ususally a bit humpy... but not always.
His saddle was made for him and professionally fitted and I have had him checked out by a chiropractor who said there was nothing wrong with him. I then had him looked at by a massuese who thought that it was due to him tying up, he reccommended I change his diet to no grain/sugar/starch and add bi-carb soda to his feed to disolve any risidual. However none of this has worked. I changed his diet and religiously added Bi-Carb to his feed for ages but didn't notice a difference. He still dips his back away and is humpy to ride at first... sometimes- it's not every time I saddle up or ride.
I'm just wondering if he has maybe a 'cold' back? If I am doing damage by riding him when he's like this, even though he always warms up out of it?
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    08-16-2010, 04:56 AM
I have heard that it can be due to the kidneys. May get that checked out. If all else is fine.. then he is just super sensitive.
    08-16-2010, 11:44 AM
Green Broke
I agree having some blood work done, just to be on the safe side.

If that checks out, I'd get him a more shock absorbing saddle pad like a ThinLine pad or Supracor.
    08-16-2010, 11:48 AM
Talk to wild-spot. One of her horses had kidney problems that attributed to his back pain.

Is it possible that his back shape has changed since you had the saddle fitted for him? It seems strange that the Chiro and massage therapist didn't find a thing. Its their job to find *something* wrong and they are usually pretty good at it!
    08-16-2010, 06:02 PM
I actually keep my horse with wild spots! We can't seem to work it out... Saddle still seems to fit fine, and if it's tying up (diagnosed by the same guy who diagnosed wild spots horse) the remedies don't seem to have had an affect.
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    08-16-2010, 06:04 PM
Oh and I already ride with a thinline. I tried both with it and without. Bloodwork is probably the next best thing I guess...
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    08-16-2010, 06:58 PM
Green Broke
Hmm, strange indeed! I hope you get it figured out.

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