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SonnyWimps 05-24-2008 09:45 AM

Sway back?
 
I know what causes sway back...but how can you exactly tell if a horse is sway back? I know with pictures like
http://www.sherralsequineartstudio.c...20448%20kb.jpg
but what about just a slight case of sway back?

I know in some pictures, Sonny "appears" to have a sway back, but I don't believe he does because in others it doesn't.

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...onny_011_1.jpg
(yes I was holding the camera at an angle for some reason hehe)

http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/31...onny_056_2.jpg

I'll add more pics later...but got to run to work

amightytarzan5 05-24-2008 01:02 PM

He doesn't have a sway back. Well, at least not a prominent one. I think Sonny just has high withers and a steep croup. He looks good. That first picture scared me! Is that REAL?

appylover31803 05-24-2008 01:08 PM

I wanted to see if that was a real picture too. I google searched "sway back horse" in the images it was the first one.

Apparently someone saw that horse while on vacation. Poor horse :(

I don't think Sonny has a sway back at all. :)

Callie's Mom 05-24-2008 07:03 PM

I will have to look up the medical term but that first horse is not sway backed as we all think of it it is a spinal disorder.

mayfieldk 05-24-2008 10:17 PM

Just looks like a lack of topline, not a sway back.

irisheyes12 05-25-2008 03:43 PM

That's not sway back, it's called lordosis and is a spinal condition. This is sway back...
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/39...yback250_1.jpg

irisheyes12 05-25-2008 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amightytarzan5
He doesn't have a sway back. Well, at least not a prominent one. I think Sonny just has high withers and a steep croup....

I agree with this. IF he does have sway back, it's very marginal and not a concern (he's a gelding correct?)...

Gingerrrrr 05-25-2008 04:34 PM

well i dont think Sonny has sway back, he looks normal.

my mare looked like she had sway back when i first bought her. her back was drooping and her stomach was too. but since shes been with me shes gotten much better. look at the difference-

before
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/3122_Ginger_2_4.jpg

after
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/3122_HPIM0146_3.jpg
http://www.horseforum.com/userpix/3122_HPIM0142_3.jpg

galantova 05-25-2008 06:14 PM

I also think that Sonny doesn't have a sway back.

I know one horse who has on abvious one. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it.

Gingerr - great change. What did you do to improve her topline?

Gingerrrrr 05-25-2008 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by galantova
I also think that Sonny doesn't have a sway back.

I know one horse who has on abvious one. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it.

Gingerr - great change. What did you do to improve her topline?


well before i bought her she was starved and left by herself for sometime so we did slow transitions like walk, trot. then w/t/c and now shes doing w/t/c and some jumping


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