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Five Steps to Prevent Back Pain in Your Horse

February 2017 by Naomi Miller, Equinox Balance,

You may be alert to behavioural changes that can indicate back pain in your horse, but do you know how to prevent back pain from occurring?

Many performance problems stem from back pain1. Painful muscles are very common, but frequently not recognised1.

Horses’ backs are not designed to carry riders, so it’s vital to do all that you can to reduce the impact of riding.

There are many factors that can impact on the horse’s back, including hoof trim and saddle fit. As well as educating yourself about these two important topics, other steps you can take are: 

1. Be careful with any changes to terrain, footing or physical demands.