Horse Defect

Mikayla Wiant

Swayback

Swayback is an abnormally hollowed back in horses. Swayback may not be the most pleasing to the eyes but it is not fatal for the horse and you can still ride them.

Swayback starts at the withers and goes to the hips of the horse. It troops because of a loss in strength or deterioration of the spine.

How does it happen. Are the horses still usable.

  • Some horses are born with swayback but for others it occurs with many years of riding and or frequent pregnancies.
  • There are things you can do to strengthen a horse's back so you can continue using them
  • Keeping your horse strong and healthy can make a big difference in if they get swayback or not