Holy Freakin Swayback, Batman!

This is reportedly a 4 year old Arabian gelding.  How the hell does a 4 year old get a swayback like that?  It’s too bad, because he’s not an altogether atrocious looking horse.  He’s got a good shoulder angle, decent legs and a cute, typey face.  But I’m not sure you could even custom fit a saddle to him!

“I’m so cute!   Too bad I’m so gimpy!”


Apparently, he wasn’t born this way.  At least someone had the good sense to geld him!


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Posted on August 17, 2011, in Conformation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. SWAYBACK LOOKS LIKE THIS REITARDS. first picture: on thts swayback you stupid immature no nothing bout horse lovrs!!!!!

    • Yay! Our first hate mail! Now we truly feel like we’ve made it. Kudos for the effort (finding a worse example is impressive!), but you get demerits for the spelling. We expect better from our trolls!

  2. haha love the hate mail! Well done SnarkyRider. the scary thing is that 4yo horse that you posted will probably look a lot like the link in that hate mail by the time it’s 20. Only time I’ve seen this sort of conformational flaw in something so young is because it was starved close to death at some point. The body can’t get enough nutrition to build strong connective tissue or bone.

    • *takes a modest bow* Thanks Teresa! 🙂 Personally, I’ve never seen such a sway back – even in an older horse. We sincerely hope this horse wasn’t starved at any point! He has a very kind expression. Hopefully he finds/has found a loving home!

  3. LOL!! I love it when people send hate mail and can’t spell. 😛

  4. This made me snort for an extended time.

  5. Ok so I’m not the be all end all of course, but from my understanding, backing a horse too early, or bad saddle fit, or poor ‘training’ can exacerbate this, right? Because there is damage/irritation to the topline muscles, causing them to drop down. (Not to mention affecting tendon ligament and bone while they are still growing.) Also the topline is ‘held up’ not by the topline muscles, but the abdominal muscles. Correct? The doctors are always telling you to relax your back muscles and engage your abdominal muscles for good posture. Deb Bennet says the same thing about the horse. All this said, surely there can be a genetic predisposition as well, of course.

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