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SystemFreak 12-01-2011 05:03 PM

Sway Back?
Is she rideable? she is between the ages of 16 and 20

gigem88 12-01-2011 05:23 PM

I've seen some alot worse than that! I would get her vetted with an over all health check since she is a senior horse.

SystemFreak 12-01-2011 05:25 PM

I actually just brought her to the vet yesterday to get her teeth floated and they didn't mention anything about her back. But I've also heard some vets don't want to offend horse owners. I will ask next time for sure

HorseyyGal 12-01-2011 06:23 PM

She doesnt look tooooo bad to me! Deffo get her checked out by a vet & back specialast if you can :)

xxGallopxx 12-02-2011 01:21 PM

Sway backs actually don't hurt horses... It shouldn't affect her. I've seen horses way worse then that. She should be fine (: If you want, just go ahead and have your vet look at her, but I know 2 horses that have worse then that and they are active therapy horses.

goneriding 12-02-2011 01:23 PM

She looks a tad heavy, maybe it's the picture. I'd be concerned with saddle fit.

xxGallopxx 12-02-2011 01:26 PM


Originally Posted by goneriding (Post 1251866)
She looks a tad heavy, maybe it's the picture. I'd be concerned with saddle fit.

Yeah, you should be extra careful about saddle fit.

wyominggrandma 12-02-2011 08:15 PM

There is a saddle pad made especially for sway back horses by Reinsman. It actually has padding that "bridges" the space between the withers and the rump and makes the saddle fit really good. It has the "tacky too" backing so doesn't slip.
My husband used one on his old horse on the trails, hunting and packing and he had a sway back as bad if not worse than this horse.

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