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    05-24-2008, 10:45 AM
  #1
Banned
Sway back?

I know what causes sway back...but how can you exactly tell if a horse is sway back? I know with pictures like

But what about just a slight case of sway back?

I know in some pictures, Sonny "appears" to have a sway back, but I don't believe he does because in others it doesn't.


(yes I was holding the camera at an angle for some reason hehe)



I'll add more pics later...but got to run to work
     
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    05-24-2008, 02:02 PM
  #2
Weanling
He doesn't have a sway back. Well, at least not a prominent one. I think Sonny just has high withers and a steep croup. He looks good. That first picture scared me! Is that REAL?
     
    05-24-2008, 02:08 PM
  #3
Trained
I wanted to see if that was a real picture too. I google searched "sway back horse" in the images it was the first one.

Apparently someone saw that horse while on vacation. Poor horse :(

I don't think Sonny has a sway back at all. :)
     
    05-24-2008, 08:03 PM
  #4
Foal
I will have to look up the medical term but that first horse is not sway backed as we all think of it it is a spinal disorder.
     
    05-24-2008, 11:17 PM
  #5
Yearling
Just looks like a lack of topline, not a sway back.
     
    05-25-2008, 04:43 PM
  #6
Weanling
That's not sway back, it's called lordosis and is a spinal condition. This is sway back...
     
    05-25-2008, 04:44 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by amightytarzan5
He doesn't have a sway back. Well, at least not a prominent one. I think Sonny just has high withers and a steep croup....
I agree with this. IF he does have sway back, it's very marginal and not a concern (he's a gelding correct?)...
     
    05-25-2008, 05:34 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Well I don't think Sonny has sway back, he looks normal.

My mare looked like she had sway back when I first bought her. Her back was drooping and her stomach was too. But since she's been with me she's gotten much better. Look at the difference-

Before


After

     
    05-25-2008, 07:14 PM
  #9
Foal
I also think that Sonny doesn't have a sway back.

I know one horse who has on abvious one. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it.

Gingerr - great change. What did you do to improve her topline?
     
    05-25-2008, 07:17 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by galantova
I also think that Sonny doesn't have a sway back.

I know one horse who has on abvious one. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it.

Gingerr - great change. What did you do to improve her topline?

Well before I bought her she was starved and left by herself for sometime so we did slow transitions like walk, trot. Then w/t/c and now she's doing w/t/c and some jumping
     

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