Sore back, sensitivity or just flinchy?
A friend's horse has a spot on his back that may be sore but we're not sure. The best that I can explain it is that it's on one side of his back just before the point of the hip, near where the back of the panel of a saddle sits. When grooming him, he flinches a bit if you rub that spot but does not flinch if you press or even if you press and rub. He doesn't drop way down, more of a flinch. The saddle fits him well, he gets a sheepskin pad. He's going to be seen by a vet this week for vaccinations and in a couple of weeks for bodywork (we are both getting our horses body worked). So, it is something that will be brought up at both those visits. However in the meantime, if it does sound like a problem, I'd like to help my friend research things to check beforehand and in turn be able to present better info to the pros.
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