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The Equine Back

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In this seventh installment of the horse anatomy and physiology series, we’ll take a look at the equine back – how it is structured, proper conformation, and some of the problems that can afflict it.

The key component in a horse back is his spine. A significant characteristic of the spine is its rigidity, whereas the vertebrae of the neck and in the tail are much more flexible. Superficial and deep back muscles span the large regions of the spine and ensure coordinated back movements..

Back and neck injuries in the horse can involve a variety of causes, including trauma, poor conformation, poor saddle fit, over-exertion, and lack of fitness. Treatment used to be limited to rest, but more recently, chiropractic and acupuncture have been added to veterinary protocol.