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post #1 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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What could these knots be on her back?

Could someone please tell me what they think this could be on her back. We got her the beginning of August. She had a few scratches on her back in the same area where the bumps are. She was rode in a saddle that ended up rubbing her where the back of the saddle goes. She is rode in a western saddle. She got the knot and it ended up getting infected. We took her to the vet and he put her on antibiotics. He said he didn't know if the knot would ever go away though. That we would have to cut a pad that would fit around the knot and then put another pad over it. So we gave her about 3 weeks to get over the infection. She cleared up but the knot never went down so we fixed a pad for her. We rode her again checking to make sure it wasn't rubbing her which it wasn't. The next day she had another knot in front of the old one and a small one behind it. A different saddle was used on this ride also. She was very underweight when we got her and we are trying to get her weight back up and her topline filled in. That should help alot. We are afraid that she won't ever be able to be rode again. She is only 7 but is already a little sway backed for some reason. She is a Missouri Fox Trotter if that helps anything. Sorry for being so long winded. Thanks
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-12-2009, 09:52 PM
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I don't know what the bumps are - best to have a vet check them out.

But, she's not starting to get swayback. She looks like she just has a big wither :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-13-2009, 01:12 AM
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Those are pretty strange. I mean, the scratches might have been quite bad before you got her and maybe that is scar tissue underneath? I would have thought the vet would have mentioned that. I cannot think of anything that it might be except scar tissue since you mention the vet said they might not go away, but then, if more knots came upon riding her, that would make me think of fluid. . . are they hard or moveable? Maybe there is fluid that needs drained? I cannot imagine it being something that cannot be corrected - it seems strange, but simple - for a vet, at any rate. If the vet wasn't more clear, I'd probably call another out for a second opinion. Do they seem to both her at all?

On another note, I'd say she just has high withers. I don't think she appears swayed backed at all.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-13-2009, 01:29 AM
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I would guess those are caused by an ill-fitting (probably western judging by how far down the back the sores are) saddle that sits on the lumbar spine, where a saddle should never ever sit. Chances are if that is the case, they will never go completely away but they can definitely diminish with proper care. You can help her back by getting a chiropractor to work on her lumbar spine which is likely to be strained if it was holding weight. Try to keep any saddle and saddle pad off the area, and make sure there is no infection.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-13-2009, 08:58 PM
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I think it looks like a callous from someone with a western saddle riding her when she way underweight. Saddle rubbing on spine. CRUEL if accurate. At any rate if thes is right it probably never completely go away but should get smaller with time and a lot of TLC. I would get another vet out to have a boo and give you more info and some advice on treatment. Or if you can't get another vet call your's back out for another look press them for a more clear diagnosis, and advice and help with treatment.
Good luck and good on you for being so patient and kind to her.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-13-2009, 09:53 PM
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yeah get a quilified saddle fitter out and have a saddle FITTED to her, a ill fitting saddle can really ruin a horse
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