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I just brought this 15 year old gelding home and my husband who doesn't know a whole lot about horses thinks he has a sway back. I hope he is wrong! This isnt a great picture, but we just got him, I'll take another this week. 048.jpg
 

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I thought my mare had sway back but she just has high withers and wasn't completely filled out. You will be able to know more definitely if you can't build up his topline. Here's a photo of my mares back
 

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I can't really tell by the angle either, but if he does it is not a very obvious one! along with the other posters it could be high withers or a big belly (dragging it down) and lack of topline.

looks like a cutie!
 
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Like you said, your husband doesn't know horses so don't worry.:wink: While it's not a good angle & he could be a bit butt high(how old is he?) There doesn't look like a trace of a 'sway' there. Are you new to horses, by any chance?
 

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I have seen many Horses that people think have a sway back because they have high or very high withers.

I do not see a true sway back in your Horse.


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Here is a better picture of him. He is a 15 year old gelding. Bought him for my daughter to start 4H.

Loosie - I grew up with horses and now just getting back into them

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He's also out of shape, which is going to pull his back down. Once you put him in work and that tummy tightens up with muscle, he won't look so pulled down.
 

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Looks like a combination of high withers and butt high/downhill build. I can see how it could give an unexperienced eye (i.e. your DH :)) the impression of swayback. It might be a little bit harder to find a good saddle fit, but nothing a good saddle fitter couldn't work with.
 
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Here is a better picture of him. He is a 15 year old gelding. Bought him for my daughter to start 4H.

Loosie - I grew up with horses and now just getting back into them

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yup , not a swayback. :) I see a horse who needs to work on some stomach muscle to sling up his topline, along with actual topline work. long and low work without letting him drop his shoulders becoming downhill. don't just let him stretch and fall on his forehand. :)

he is handsome.
 
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yup , not a swayback. :) I see a horse who needs to work on some stomach muscle to sling up his topline, along with actual topline work. long and low work without letting him drop his shoulders becoming downhill. don't just let him stretch and fall on his forehand. :)

he is handsome.
Thanks for all your feedback!!

Ok, so my next question - how the heck do I do what Royal Pine Buck suggests??
 
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