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My new trainer told me that my horse has a longish back (not like horribly but definitely not short) what are the pros and cons of this?
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It depends upon the discipline. For some uses a long back is not desireable. For others it doesn't much matter, and can even be an advantage unless it is way way long...
I'm starting to ride hunter/jumper with him...?
A long back means he will jump flat and not jar the rider out of the saddle. However, if he has a steep shoulder and the angle at point of shoulder is not open, he may hang his knees over fences and that can be dangerous.
Get a photo of him and post it. :)
Right now this is the best one I have of him, let me know if its not good enough and I can take a better one :)
His back doesn't appear overly long to me, but it does look (at least in that particular picture) as if he may have a bit of a roach back...
What does that mean?
His back appears to not slope down steadily from the high point at the croup to its low point, but rather has a slight bulge upward just forward of the croup...you should be able to google roach back horse for a better explanation. His doesn't look real bad, just slight, and again it could be the picture...
OP, this a roached back :) I don't think your horses back is overly long at all, I quiet like him :)
This is a rather extreme Roach but thought it may be easiest to see!
Ah, I get it, and thanks PintoTess :)
Right now he is lacking in an real topline and he needs some groceries and muscles (I just bought him from a bad situation) could that make it seem like he has a roach back?
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