Even Batman couldn’t save this one
You may recall, we published a post (Holy Freakin Swayback, Batman!) back in August about a 4 year old Arabian gelding who had a fairly pronounced swayback. That post actually got us our first hate mail (we were so proud!).
The following horse was sent to us by a concerned reader and well, it beats our original post hands down!
Ok, it’s not an entirely fair comparison as we’re willing to bet this horse is a wee bit older than the 4 year old. Regardless of age, the severity of this horse’s swayback (aka lordosis) is quite disturbing.
Causes of lordosis can include differences in thickness between the front and back of the intervertebral disc (which lies “between adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Each disc forms a cartilaginous joint to allow slight movement of the vertebrae, and acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together” -thank you wikipedia!).
Other causes include imbalances in muscle strength, excessive weight and pregnancy.
We don’t actually know what caused this extreme swayback in this horse but we’re perfectly willing to jump to conclusions and blame asshat backyard breeders because, even if severe over-breeding didn’t cause this, we’re sure backyard breeders had some blame coming their way anyways for some other egregious sin.