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post #1 of 5 Old 05-07-2015, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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What causes horses to have sore backs

Hi guys I was just having a look at a horse I'm thinking of buying the other day and it seemed to have a sore back I'll tell what he does.
1;Whenever you touch where the saddle would be he flinches away and threatens to bite.
2;He wasn't like this before until someone rode him for the first time with a saddle (which he has never seen as he is an ex race horse and has only pulled a cart).
3;He's fine with being touched around the hind quarters.

Is this just a case of a poor fitting saddle, the people who rode him for the first time didn't have a saddle fitted and uses the same saddle for all the other horses who they get of race horse owners.
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Horses change shape, saddles need constant assessing as to whether they fit and are often a huge factor in sore backs, but how someone rides can be an issue (sitting on the cantle for example), falls in fields, taking a jump badly, bucking can all be the cause too.

Personally I would always start with checking the condition of the saddle and the fit and take it from there.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-07-2015, 06:01 AM
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Ulcers may be an issue as well depending on where he reacts when you touch. Can you touch his belly?
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I am assuming that this horse is a Standardbred? It may very well be soreness due to the saddle. Is he fresh off the track? Maybe he's just sore because he isn't use to having someone on his back, and the others are riding him for long periods of time. Maybe he needs to have a gradual acclimation to being ridden?

I love Standardbreds. The ones I worked with were always sweet. Except for the abused one we bought from another owner. He was mean in the begininning but softened up after he learned that we weren't going to beat him. Lots of carrots and handling helped too.

Oh, and I just want to add...sometimes horses get sore in their backs when they are sore somewhere else. Like, say, their hocks. Think of it as maybe when you hurt your foot or knee and you limp along during the day, and at the end of the day, your back is sore from walking crooked.. Ya know what I mean?
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Why do horses get sore backs? Pretty much the same as people. They may have been born with, or developed an imbalance, skeletal problem. Or they may sustain an injury, or it may be from 'overwork', or the wrong posture, from another issue - high heels for eg. Or different points on the back could be 'pressure points' for other issues - ulcers is a common one for horses - or could be from equipment or riders(I sure had a sore back after dancing at a concert with my 9yo daughter on my shoulders!!).

While from what you say, sounds like it could well be an ill fitting saddle, can't know. If you are looking at buying this horse, I'd probably get a chiropractic vet to do the PPE.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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