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post #1 of 8 Old 03-25-2007, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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sway backed

hi there, im new here and would just like to ask a question, i have just bought a dutch warmblood mare and she has a slightly dipped back/sway back is there anything on the market to help her i dont think shes in any pain and when i get here delivered im going to have her saddle fitted properly but is there anything like a numnah that i can get for her.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-26-2007, 12:24 PM
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How old id she? Swaybacked horses that are that way due to age are usually fine aside from some arthritis. Building up her back muscles will help keep her in shape. There's nothing I've ever heard of that will "fix" a swayback though.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-26-2007, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for that, she is 13yrs but full of life
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-27-2007, 06:41 AM
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She should be fine. There's nothing you can do but fit the saddle to her properly. Just keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't start showing signs of a sore back. :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-27-2007, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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thankyou for the advice it has helped loads
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-27-2007, 04:19 PM
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Has she always had a sway back? Many swaybacks are just conformation defects and have no risk to a horse's health at all.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-27-2007, 10:20 PM
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actually, it may sound kinda goofy, but my horse had no topline when I first got him (he was 11) and I did some "ground work" with him as well as excercises from a book called "t-touch" which the lady shows how to build up your horses muscles. Also my trainer had us trotting over ground poles in a low frame to increase the muscles in his back. now my horse is 20 and looks (and acts!) like a 3 year old. Good luck.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-08-2007, 08:53 AM
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we had a slightly swayed older guy, we used a lollypop pad under the saddle to help balanace the saddle out. good luck.
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