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post #1 of 13 Old 01-25-2014, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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bad back deformity or roach back can it be fixed ?

ok so I've been offered a horse, I thought originally that it was roach back but then found an old picture of him a few years back as a yearling and his back looked fine he is turning 4 this year I think and his back has a large hump in it question is could it be trauma or do you think its roach back don't know a lot about roach backs but assumed they would be born with it or something. And could it be fixable if its not ? anyway any opinions on it would be great thanks picture below on right current on left as a yearling

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-25-2014, 07:09 AM
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I'd have him evaluated. We have a Belgian that is severely deformed from a roach back. At birth is was clearly noticeable but mild compared to now. Over the years it worsened to the point she looks like a camel. There is a pic on here somewhere. We tried different exercises but the only change was for the worse. At her current age there is no more progression. I would think if this was roach from uterine trauma/position/malnutrition or inherited it would have shown in his yearling photo. You need a better picture. It is hard to see anything with the shadowing.
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.........picture below on right current on left as a yearling

I'm kinda confused. The picture to the left is hard to see, but I think his back actually looks better in the photo on the right?

In the photo on the right he just looks very butt-high. Photo on the left looks like it shows the back deformity?

Sorry I'm not any help. I was just a bit confused by the order of the photos.


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I just kept clicking until I figured out how to enlarge the photos. So I guess I answered part of my own question. His back looks pretty dramatic on the left photo. It would be nice to see it from the side (like the other photo) for comparison's sake but it does look like his back took a big turn for the worse. I wonder why it would get worse over time? Poor guy! He's a beautiful boy otherwise.


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Is this your horse? Are these the only pics you have? You really can't tell much by the pic on the left. To me, it looks like he's gearing up to take a dump, by he way he's standing with his back legs.
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How nice... Someone offered to dump their problem onto you. I'd say no and move along. I could only imagine how uncomfortable he'd be, what a difficult time you'd have finding a saddle and, if he is even rideable, what his long term soundness would be.
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I'm kinda confused. The picture to the left is hard to see, but I think his back actually looks better in the photo on the right?

In the photo on the right he just looks very butt-high. Photo on the left looks like it shows the back deformity?

Sorry I'm not any help. I was just a bit confused by the order of the photos.
Me too,,,,about being confused. He looks OK in what is SUPPOSED to be the current pic on the right. Maybe the OP will come back and clarify.
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I love that, "gearing up to take a dump".

but, I, too, find the supposed recent photo to be the better of the two.
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While his back certainly doesn't look as bad in the photo to the right, he's still got some pretty unfortunate conformation. You'd have a heck of a time finding a saddle to fit that super short back/body....and even if you did manage to, I imagine that he'd feel about like riding a jackhammer down a water slide under saddle.

Personally, I would walk away.
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