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Written by Els Smet

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The effect of saddle and weight on horses.

Back pain is a common problem in horses. When horses are ridden the extra weight on the back of the horse can lead to extension which can be a cause of kissing spine syndrome. Back pain can also be caused by badly fitting saddles. This research aims to determine the effects of different tack and weight on the movements of the back.

The results show that weight and a saddle can increase the overall extension of the back and may possibly contribute to back problems in horses.

> From: De Cocq, Equine Vet J 36 (2005) 758-763. All rights reserved to Wiley Online Library. Click here for the online summary.

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