Does My Horse Have Back Pain?

Some back pain in your horse is obvious: he flinches when touched or groomed. There are other signs to watch out for:

Stiff or restricted movement

Dips the back when first mounted


Steps short with hind legs

Grinds teeth

Starts refusing jumps

Avoids trotting: wants to go directly from walk to canter.

Wants to use one canter lead no matter what direction is being traveled.

Swishes tail excessively during work.

Many problems with back pain can be corrected with different forms of massage, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and saddle adjustments.

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