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        05-25-2008, 07:31 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I have to improve my horse's topline. He had a colic surgery and lost weight dramaticlly. He does much better now but his topline could still be improved.
         
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        05-25-2008, 08:52 PM
      #12
    Banned
    How would I get him a better topline?
         
        05-26-2008, 03:29 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Irisheyes12- thank you for the medical term, I didn't get back here to post it right away... lordosis...

    As for helping a horse's topline if they just have weakening muscles or a poorly muscled back, work with them on hills, backing, trotting over poles, get them working on framing up correctly and using their hindquarters... do you ride with your horse on the bit/flexing vertically? That is important for a good topline.
         
        05-26-2008, 05:48 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Poles and hills don't really help with the back part of topline... they help with the hindquarters.
    The only way a horse builds up real nice topline is by working in a correct frame. By working in a correct frame, that doesn't mean head on the vertical. It means correct head carriage, /forward/ motion, and NOT your classic 'high butt, high forehand, sway back' that's in a lot of dressage now. For a horse to have nice topline, he has to carry you with his back and ab muscles... and he can only START to do that by riding him forward. No fast, just energy in each gait (and the gaits within a gait).
    Even western horses need to be moved out--they look angular and out of shape otherwise... a little like your horse. He doesn't look terribly out of shape, just not being ridden to produce correct topline.
         
        05-26-2008, 05:10 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Callie's Mom
    irisheyes12- thank you for the medical term, I didn't get back here to post it right away... lordosis...
    Not a problem, I don't have anything better to do anyways....lol....
         
        05-26-2008, 06:22 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Our mare has a swayback. They look more like this. This pic isn't very good but its an example of what most true swayback looks like.

         
        06-02-2008, 02:32 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Ooh ginger our horses are identical!! Besides the face markings!
         
        06-02-2008, 04:11 PM
      #18
    Started
    Holy cow, that first picture shocked me. Yikes! But yeah, I thought the same thing ... it's gotta be something worse than sway back. Your horse doesn't look like he has one to me. He's cute!
         
        06-02-2008, 04:40 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Sonny doesn't have a sway back. :) Yeah that's sad about that spinal condition. :(
         
        06-03-2008, 04:42 PM
      #20
    Showing
    No he doesn't have a sway back. That first pic that was posted, was that an actual picture or was it manipulated??

    I was shocked at the photo. Find it hard to believe a horse can still walk when looking like that.
         

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