Preventing a Sore Back in Horses

smellshorsey Archive on June 14, 2008, 0:01

Now that Buddy's better, we're on a program to prevent his sore back from recurring. Here are the written instructions from our vet:

This is wonderful news! So now you want to keep a close eye on Buddy, watching for pain to return and catching it before it gets to the bucking/bolting stage.  It would be good to incorporate some strengthening/stretching exercises in his riding.  Your instructor can help you with this- asking him to lift his back, for example: warm up, then either start or finish up the ride with 3 to 5 minutes of "long and low" large serpentines/changes