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post #1 of 6 Old 07-06-2020, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Riding a slightly roach backed horse

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This is my first post on this forum, and I am seeking someone who has more experience than I. My gelding, Max, has a slight roach back, brought on by injury rather than genetics. Is it possible to ride a horse with a slight roach back? His back doesn't seem to cause him discomfort when he moves, and I have been giving him hill work to help strengthen his topline, in addition to core exercises. I initially had him scheduled for chiropractic care, but the woman hasn't been able to fit me into her schedule. The massage therapist came out and have him a full body, filmed him trotting and forwarded the video into the chiropractor. She then told me there was nothing she could do for him because he had a roach back. I am at the point where I am thinking I want a second opinion. Any advice or experience in dealing with this type of injury would be greatly appreciated!😊
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-06-2020, 12:10 PM
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A roach back I find (a couple of my drafts have them genetically) limits flexibility and hinders engagement of the hind end. Other than that no issues. If it came from an injury though I would want to know for sure there are no other lingering issues that could cause problems later on down the road.

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Thank you for the reply. I think I will also be consulting another chiropractor, one who can actually see him in person. He would be a perfect driving candidate, but I don't drive.😊
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I have a slightly roach-backed horse, but it's due to conformation. It doesn't seem to bother her, though.

Would you be able to post pictures/videos of your horse?
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Ours both ride and drive.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-07-2020, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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I will attempt to post a picture later. Good news! I am taking Max to my trainer's barn at the end of the month because her chiropractor is already scheduled at her barn. No need for me to wait three months for the person I was trying to use. I would just like to find out what this person says. If he isn't able to be ridden, at least he can be driven. 😊
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