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post #1 of 10 Old 09-01-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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young sway back?

we were kinda looking for another horse, to replace my old race mare that has a prominate sway from yrs of being a brood mare,(she was pretty much a "teaching" horse for my daughter who we recently bought a nice youngster for to show with) we are retiring her because she has some old injurys in her leg that flares up. is a walk/trot only horse and i am a heavy person so riding her on trail puts her in a sweat from head to foot. Anyways we came across a nice younger gelding (6) race breed quarter appendix, raced as a 2 yr old then was sold and basically ridden on trail. so i went to test ride him today and he did very well for not being ridden for 2 yrs, was very mild mannered needs a little rein work but otherwise very sweet. But he has a pretty good sway, girl said he was born with it (although i dont know if this is true cause she bought him after his race career ended) she is asking $200, and i am tempted to get him just so i have a horse I can ride. But we were hoping to get one i can enjoy and that my daughter can barrel with.( we can only have 2) his sway did not seem to bother him what so ever,No gait issues in fact one of the smoothest horses i have ever ridden with a trot to die for! we used my swayback pad and saddle and it seem to fit fine. he is a big boy probably at least 16 hds, and he is REALLY over weight from being on pasture and needs some muscling , very High withered, and big stocky body/ rear end. and is very short backed. i think with some weight loss and muscling that sway will probably go away some but it is prominate and you can tell straight off he has it (although the FAT rump and HIGH withers probably make it seem worse then it is). i have dealt with the old age sway but can any one give me some ideas about a young sway,experiences, ect. I am leaning tords getting him cause with his demeanor and calmness i think even if i keep him for a year or few and ride him and work with him i could make him into a great kids horse/4-h horse and sell him. I Don't know what do you all think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-01-2013, 12:56 AM
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A photo would really help as the degree of sway and other conformational issues may be seen by other members here that could either make you say yes or no. Sometimes one fault can really influence another part of the horses body negatively. Do you have a pic?
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-01-2013, 12:59 AM
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There's a name for a genetic issue that causes a sway, I can't remember the name. It'll only get worse from here, and I would think if it's this noticeable now he will need to be retired a lot sooner than a normal horse. I probably wouldn't buy him.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-01-2013, 01:00 AM
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The name is lordosis.
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LMDB, you're thinking of Lordosis. If it's that, then it will get worse with age but if he was born with it, it may just be a conformational fault that will mostly stay the way it is.

I agree that a picture would be a great help. Also, if you're unsure, you might try to find out who owned him when he was born and/or raced and see if he was swayed then.
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No i dont have a good pic this is one off the add he is the bay and this pic doesn't even compare to him in life he is actually much fatter and is very tall despite what the pic looks like.

don't think i would dig into his past to find out ,it's only a $200 dollar investment now for $800 or $1000 and up heck ya....she's lowered him from $1000 to $200( said they bought for $3500) cause no one looks past the sway before they even got him out the pasture..... all i know is he was actually bred by race people in our valley, raced los alamitos once, lost and then they picked him up. she told me he was born with it but i honestly have no idea wether she knew him before he raced or not. So it is either genetic or came from being broke to soon, but he is way short backed so i don't see him getting much worse then he is... I could be wrong though i have never met anyone that actually has a horse with true genetic lordosis or young age sway, only the good ol' horses.I guess what i am saying is do you think he would be worth a shot and if he didn't work or needed someone lighter then me i could sell him since i won't have much invested in him.
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Short back or not, if it's lordosis, then it will get worse as he ages and there's no stopping it.

Also, the chance that you'll be able to sell him on if he doesn't work out for you is virtually nil. I mean, just look at the seller he's with now. She's had to drop his price to less than what the killer pays just to get anyone to look at him.

If I was to buy a horse like him (though I probably wouldn't actually buy him, instead I'd offer to give him a good home for free), it would be with the intention of giving him a forever home, regardless of how long he's rideable. If the owner was going to insist on getting some money for him, I'd have a vet check done to see if the vet thought it was lordosis or a simple conformational fault. Then, I'd find a trainer that would train him and teach me how to drive a horse for when/if the time comes that he can no longer be ridden.

Don't take this as being rude because that's not how I intend it, but IMHO, to look at buying a horse with such a serious fault and having in the back of your mind "Well, if he can't carry me or if he doesn't stay rideable, I'll just pawn him off on someone else" is very selfish. Horses like him are usually destined to pass from owner to owner to owner to owner until someone just decides that they don't care enough to find him a good home and he ends up at auction...where nobody is going to buy a sway-backed horse, regardless of how young he is. There, the only buyer is the meat man for a horse like him.
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...But he has a pretty good sway, girl said he was born with it (although i dont know if this is true cause she bought him after his race career ended) she is asking $200, and i am tempted to get him just so i have a horse I can ride.
IMO, that is the worst reason ever to buy a horse-if you have to squint your eyes to see him being suitable he probably is not. Better off saving a bit more money and spending it, along with your time and energy on a more suitable horse, again just my opinion.
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I would not buy a sway back

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-01-2013, 09:44 PM
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I would really like to see a good picture. Some horses with very high withers might give the impression of having a bad back when they don't.

If all you were investing was $200, it would be no big deal. But as we all know, that is just the starter price. Then their is feed, vet, farrier, teeth, etc.
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