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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2003
    Up the creek from bar.ka

    Default too much hand and not enough leg = back sore?

    Is it possible that riding with too much hand and not enough leg could make a horse sore in it's lumbar region?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 24, 2010


    In my experience, looking at a horse cross-eyed can make its back sore, so yes.

    Specifically with what you're discussing, while I know horses and people are different, I would equate it to a person sitting back by arching their back rather than keeping a firm hold of the abdominal muscles and sitting more evenly on the seat. The horse's back may move, but is hollowed without support, and therefore has a good possibility of getting sore.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 16, 2008
    Central Oklahoma


    I think.. too much hand can make a horse' back sore, regardless whether too much leg or too little leg is involved. But again, a myriad of other things can make a horse' back sore. The rider position, the horse being asked to perform tasks he is not ready for, the horse is out of shape, etc etc etc.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 30, 2006
    Williamston, NC


    In short, yes. But other things come into play including feet, footing, saddle fit. Look at the horse's muscling, especially neck. Is it correct? Sometimes if it's a young, green (or even older horse starting back to work) you'll get some soreness but this is usually alleviated very quickly by a day or two off. Continued soreness has a cause and usually it's not just one thing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep. 16, 2005


    If you read through this thread here: your question is answered I think.

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