Originally Posted by Wallaby
I do see that! I knew there was something that was different about her back from normal horses with curvy backs but I just couldn't put my finger on what exactly it was. Should I be padding her differently when I ride and stuff? Maybe I should just make a new post about that...
Her legs/hooves should be ok. She has been very badly trimmed (not making her lame or anything, just leaving them super long then trimming then back etc) over the last year and I just took over her hoof stuff and switched her over to a pretty good barefoot farrier. She only had her first trim last week though so she's a work in progress. She was also severely overweight for her entire life up until a year ago so maybe that could contribute to her "overworked" stance? This is actually the first year that she's actually been in any sort of work in the last 3-4 years. I don't work her hard either, just lunging for 20 minutes then riding for 15-30 only walk/trot at this point, only two or three times a week. I only canter her undersaddle maybe twice a month for less than 10 minutes each time.
Yes, being overweight for a long period of time can definitely affect the legs. I thought it was unusual because she didn't look like she had any major conformational or hoof issues, but if she had to carry extra weight for a long time it would stress the legs some and she would become used to standing in that way. The best thing to do with a horse that has swayback is strengthen her abdominal muscles, which are the muscles on the bottom of the barrel. As they grow stronger with proper work, her back may lift up some. Massage therapists also can work on a horse and help with this, to in case she has any back soreness.
A link for some abdominal strengthening exercises for horses: (I know it says for gaited horses but it applies to all horses) Flex
you can find more abdominal strengthening on other sites as well.