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Damage from poor saddle fit

If a horse is ridden in a poorly fitting saddle, how long before it starts causing damage to the topline? These are pictures from the previous owners of the horse, he was ridden like this for 3 years. He has significant atrophy behind the withers and a raised lumbar. He sees the vet next month for a pre-purchase. Could we be looking at permanent damage or something that can be worked around?
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Too ambiguous questions & answers. There could be instant damage from an ill fitting saddle, or it could take a few rides to develop & only gradually worsen, not become obvious for a long time. While saddles being too far forward are a huge cause of atrophy at the 'shoulder pocket', that's not the only cause, or of the raised lumbar or other issues. Likewise, depends what the damage, how much damage, scar tissue, arthritis, whatever, as to whether or how long it's fixable.
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