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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 16, 2005

    Default Is this normal?

    I noticed today that the vertebrae on my horse's withers and partially up his neck right in front of his withers are much more visible. You can see them like a bumpy roller coaster. He wasn't bothered by me running my fingers up and down nor palpating them.

    Maybe it's been that way for longer and I just noticed it since he's been wearing a sheet recently and his mane hair in that area is smooshed down more.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 16, 2002
    West Coast of Michigan


    Has he lost weight? I do seem to notice withers more after my horses start wearing clothes in the winter . . . normally their manes are anything but tame and lying flat, and blanketing does smoosh the hair down, for sure!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr. 16, 2005


    Possibly but he looks okay to me. Can't see ribs but can feel them. But the new winter coat coming in might be deceiving. I'll have the barn up his grain a bit. Good idea for the colder weather coming anyways.
    Last edited by LSM1212; Oct. 29, 2011 at 10:42 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul. 1, 2011


    Seeing vertebrae around the withers is normal in my opinion. As long as it isn't cause the muscle is completely wastes away.

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