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Jubilee Rose 04-20-2009 08:56 PM

Problems with a "straight" back?
I was just curious to know ... there's a new horse at my barn, a 12-year old Morgan, who has an extremely straight back. There is hardly a dip in it at all, and the withers are barely visible. Is there any health or riding issues with a horse having a straight back?

eventnwithwinston 04-20-2009 09:31 PM

Saddle fitting is def. going to be an issue for this horse. A flat back means his saddle is going to slide around and not fit accurately. I dont know much about flat backs and back issues, but I would thing that it would cause more stress on the back when working. Especially if the horse is sometype of jumper or dressage horse.

Jubilee Rose 04-20-2009 09:37 PM

Very true. She's a western horse, and I've always known western saddles to be harder to fit. Hmm ... :?

twogeldings 04-20-2009 10:00 PM

My three year old is pretty straight backed, but then again, he is still young and unworked really. I'll have to look at him again tomorrow, I don't think he has a back like a board though.

happygoose123 04-22-2009 07:34 AM

my horse has a pretty straight back with barely no whither. i havent had anyproblems fitting the saddle (although it does slip around a bit sometimes lol) and i havent had any back problems with him at all!! he is harder to ride bareback cause there is nothing to grip onto! he is just a smooth round barrel lol!! but yea, no heath issues to do with his back at all!!

Jubilee Rose 04-24-2009 10:58 PM

Ok, thanks guys! :-)

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