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harleyboiirun 03-20-2013 12:44 AM

Help with hunters bump??
 
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My horse has a really long back and hunters bump...it looks really bad...she 6 grade paint. 15.3...and I'm trying to re-home her but I think it turns a lot of people away even though she's a sweetheart and broke very well..only asking $900.00...what can I do to help hide it and strengthen it?

This is not my horse but that's what she looks like.

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Brenna Lee 03-20-2013 12:50 AM

The only thing I can suggest would be to build her hind end and topline...

harleyboiirun 03-20-2013 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Brenna Lee (Post 1965121)
The only thing I can suggest would be to build her hind end and topline...

and how can I do that?

EvilHorseOfDoom 03-20-2013 01:11 AM

My horse the same - when he's got a topline he looks better but the real difference is made when he's got a big hind end (or just so many layers of fat his conformation isn't noticeable :lol:). Just keep building the right muscles and hopefully that'll make the hunter's bump/gooserump less noticeable.

Brenna Lee 03-20-2013 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by harleyboiirun (Post 1965201)
and how can I do that?

It's something that you must research, and teach yourself. :) You will get a better understanding this way.

NBEventer 03-20-2013 03:33 PM

Is this true hunters bump? If so there is nothing that really can "fix it" or "hide it" as it is a true condition that actually hinders movement and soundness. Hunters Bump is a seperation of the SI joint and torn ligaments and the end result is a lot of scar tissue. Which would be why people are passing over your horse.

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loosie 03-20-2013 07:39 PM

Hi,

I've always been told that 'hunter's bump' is due to a horse doing too much jumping & such - hence the name - especially when young. That it's an incurable thing due to injury. All my experience with it was on mature OTTBs or jumpers. Then I got a 6yo mare that had grown up wild with it. She had a foal & he had developed it by around 2yo. I have been told that with osteopathic techniques it is possible to 'fix' it, but don't know about the likelihood - have never tried.

Then I recently attended a lecture with a Dr Ian Bidstrup, a veterinary chiropractor, who also uses osteopathic & acupuncture, talking about injuries common to horses due to birthing trauma, especially injuries to the sacroiliac region. According to him, these problems are treatable, but it's far more difficult with a mature horse - joints & ligs may have calcified, other injuries exacerbated, etc. But still worth considering.

NBEventer 03-20-2013 08:16 PM

SI injuries can be curable at a young age if they haven't had a chance to fully develop. By the time the SI injury has gotten to the point of "hunter bump" there is no reversing it completely.

Acupuncture, chiro work and injections can ease the symptoms of it and lengthen the career of the animal. But eventually it will catch up and most horses will end up retired unsound at a young age.

If the bump is the degree of the picture the OP posted then there is little chance on reversing any of it. Even then the treatments to reverse it will only work if the horse has a strong conformation in the hind end. Sadly though if the hunter bump is as severe as the picture, it is likely due to conformation flaws, which means the treatments will not do much in terms of regaining soundness.

I would be interested in seeing pictures side on, from the hind and a video of the horse trotting out on pavement. I've encountered hunter bump a few times over the years. Only seen one horse come back enough to go back to competing. The horse retired unsound 5 years later though.

loosie 03-20-2013 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by NBEventer (Post 1972585)
But eventually it will catch up and most horses will end up retired unsound at a young age.

I think this depends on the horse's 'career' too. Obviously if you're wanting a high performance athlete the horse may not be up to it, or for long, but this is such a common problem & IME many trail horses work into old age without apparently(I know...) suffering from it.

NBEventer 03-20-2013 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by loosie (Post 1972977)
I think this depends on the horse's 'career' too. Obviously if you're wanting a high performance athlete the horse may not be up to it, or for long, but this is such a common problem & IME many trail horses work into old age without apparently(I know...) suffering from it.

The last horse I saw that had the degree of bump the horse in the OP had, the vet and chiro both said that even saddling the horse would be dangerous because the horses hind end would likely give out from under him.

But yes, there are horses that do fine as nothing more then back yard pleasure ponies not asked to do large amounts of work.


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