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        04-30-2013, 09:36 PM
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    I feel like Im going to bump this thread.. because I think many people could still benifit from it:)
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        08-23-2015, 08:40 PM
    I love this thread. I also have issues with a dropped back on my TWH gelding. He is 12y. I'm sure that bad saddle fit is the cause as his nutrition/weight are good. I retired him from showing about three years ago (he really didn't like rail work or showing in general, and I would rather have a happy horse than lots of ribbons!) I started doing lots of trail riding with him and he was golden! Never a spook, always a great ride, lots of wonderful gaiting etc. However, about a year ago he started really acting up...bucking, crowhopping, etc. His gaiting became inconsistent, his attitude lousy and became impossible to mount from my mounting block without someone holding him. At the time I was riding him in a western saddle with a pad designed to lift the saddle to give him lots of clearance to move his shoulders. I realize now the damage that whole setup was causing. Impinging on his hips, sacrum area causing (per my equine chiro) strained ligaments and possibly some muscle atrophy. And he was in pain. His top line has always been a little downhill, with his croup slightly higher than his withers. Since I've had him since birth, I know this is just his conformation. However his topline was always nice, with appropriate "fullness" along his spine. In the last year, his back is down and hollowed along the spine. With all this being said, I am working on stretches and having regular chiro and massage done. Mostly to relieve his discomfort. I

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