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post #1 of 5 Old 03-15-2020, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! I am looking to buy a new horse and two of the horses I've found have a weak to moderate muscling through their back, but both have very very thick necks, it nearly looks like their neck is the same width as their shoulder. I'm somewhat confused as to why this is, I know 1 only raced once, and the other not at all, and was never trained for it. I was hoping someone could tell me why this is (they are both being ridden with their backs up, and necks stretched based on what I've seen) I was wondering if this was confrontational, or muscular, and if this should be a warning sign or deal breaker (for mid level eventing and juming, and low to mid level dressage). I don't have any pictures now, but I am hoping that I will in a few days, however I may not if I decide against taking either on trial. TIA
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-16-2020, 07:00 AM
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Sometimes horses develop like that if they are ridden in draw reins or heavily on the forehand. A horse with a saddle that does not fit well will usually not develop a strong back, regardless of how they are ridden.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-16-2020, 09:44 AM
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What @gottatrot said.

Is there anyone you can take with you for a second opinion? Or would a pre-purchase exam be in order?
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Pictures are needed to see what is going on
If both are being worked with engagement then their muscles should improve but it takes time.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-16-2020, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by boots View Post
What @gottatrot said.

Is there anyone you can take with you for a second opinion? Or would a pre-purchase exam be in order?
My trainer will come see them if I decide I want to take one on trial, and I will definitely have a PPE no mater what quality of horse I am looking at. I am trying to get pictures(where you can see what I am talking about), but it is unlikely unless I view them again or take one on trial.
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