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post #1 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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What is this?

Here is a google image because going through the pictures of my horse I can't find one that really works.

http://www.spinalvet.com.au/images/saddle_img3.jpg

The high lumbar vertebrae is what I'm asking. What causes it? Is it just a conformation fault?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 02:31 PM
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That's a roached back. not sure what causes it. could be born that way, or maybe result of injury.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 02:44 PM
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just being 'hog backed' or 'roach backed'. All of the ones I have known were born that way. It is just a conformation fault.

I had an old trail horse like that years ago and he rode just fine. I cut a hole in a wool felt pad where his 'bump' was and he never got sore or had a problem. I put a second pad over that pad and he rode for hundreds of miles. He was ugly, but useful.

A man came along that rode him several times, liked him and I sold him the horse. I gave him the pad with the horse and explained what the ugly bump was. He liked him anyway, took the pad and the horse and they got along just fine.
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Thank you guys. I always have had a different view of roach back because my first horse had it. Unfortunately it got so bad that nothing helped :( The thing I thought was just like this:
http://www.themanestreet.com/forums/...8&d=1301032132

Is the first I posted a less severe case?
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 05:10 PM
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If a horse has much of a roach back, they will swell and get VERY sore if you do not give them relief with a pad that takes all of the pressure off of the protruding spines. The old trail gelding I had was so sore backed when I got him off of the killer truck that you could not even rub or brush him. With a little rest and a pad with a hole in it, he was sound for several years.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately with my last mare changing saddle pads didn't help at all. Even bareback got to the point where just the weight was too much. Now that I know it's roach back I need to see if I can find something that will relief my mare right now who also has it. Thanks Cherie, I'm glad others see that there are good horses even if they do have roach backs :)
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