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  • Hunter's Bump

    Is there any real truth to the "Hunter's Bump" thing? Just wondering, someone said that my OTTB had it. I can recollect hearing that saying in the past, but never really knew anything about it.
    CAn anyone enlighten me?

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    From what I understand (from a Judy Wardrope clinic), it is a result of a relatively weak Sacroiliac (SI) joint. Ideally, you want the high point of the croup to be no more than 1.5 inches behind the line that connects the points of hips over the back. The farther back, the weaker the joint and a bump in front of the croup forms. Hope that helps!
    Last edited by Little Valkyrie; Sep. 10, 2009, 07:41 PM. Reason: me no spell good
    It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.

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      #3
      It does, now i just have to draw a map on my horse to see if it really is a Hunter's Bump.

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      • #4
        I've been told that the "Hunter's Bump" is quite common on race horses. It has something to do with the way they leave the gate and stress upon that part of the hindquarters. The vet gave me the technical explanation but the main thing I took away from it was that it didn't make any difference to the horse's performance or health.

        I suppose if you were in a Conformation Hunter class it would be a killer but my OTTB was/is a jumper and could jump practically anything despite a huge Hunter's Bump.

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        • #5
          there was a really good article in the last practical horseman about the SI joint and what makes a hunter's bump

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          • #6
            Does someone have pictures showing this vs. say, a roach?
            "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BK to some View Post
              there was a really good article in the last practical horseman about the SI joint and what makes a hunter's bump
              That was going to be my recommendation
              That was a very good article!!! I've dealt with a horse with a weak SI joint that also had a hunter's bump and all I can say is: wish I would have known what I know now...
              Good luck!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Iride View Post
                Does someone have pictures showing this vs. say, a roach?
                roached back:http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...ie_1.12.06.jpg

                hunter's bump: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DN%26um%3D1

                Hunter's bump is at the point of croup, and a roach is 6"-12" in front of that in the loin area.

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                  Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                  roached back:http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...ie_1.12.06.jpg

                  hunter's bump: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...a%3DN%26um%3D1

                  Hunter's bump is at the point of croup, and a roach is 6"-12" in front of that in the loin area.
                  OH MY! My horse DOES NOT have Hunter's Bump! Good Lord, he just has a slightly angled butt. You know people should not say stuff (my "friend" is who I am referring to) about other people's horses if they don't know crap! Sorry to vent, but dang I was worried about this little barely noticeable slope to his butt!- ok done venting

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                    Anybody know the route of the name?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by debra View Post
                      OH MY! My horse DOES NOT have Hunter's Bump! Good Lord, he just has a slightly angled butt. You know people should not say stuff (my "friend" is who I am referring to) about other people's horses if they don't know crap! Sorry to vent, but dang I was worried about this little barely noticeable slope to his butt!- ok done venting


                      That pic I posted looks fairly severe. I've seen much milder ones, but they do have that speed bump look to them. The PH article someone mentioned earlier was pretty neat. IIRC, they had a pic shot from the tail view of a hunter's bump just on one side. I hadn't realized they can have it just on one side, as opposed to both sides.




                      Originally posted by vbunny View Post
                      Anybody know the route of the name?
                      Are you asking why it's called a hunter's bump?

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                      • #12
                        Its commonly found in hunters as it can be caused by a repeated strain/stretch on the sacroiliac joint from the act of jumping. (or so i've been told)

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                        • #13
                          Can anyone educate me as to the difference between a hunter's bump and a goose rump??

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                          • #14
                            And any thoughts on how a roached back affects a hunter vs. a hunter's bump?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bigyellowmoose View Post
                              Can anyone educate me as to the difference between a hunter's bump and a goose rump??

                              Hunters bump is an injury to the SI joint; goose rump is apparently a conformational thing.

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                              • #16
                                "Hunter's bump" is a pathology-- chronic inflammation of the SI joint and perhaps it's collateral ligament.

                                "Goose rump" is a conformational term (and dis). It refers to a pelvis that slopes too steeply (and often a short femur). The problem here is that when these two lengths of bone are short and lined up close to vertical-- or when the croup isn't long and nicely horizontal-- the hind limp can't function as powerful spring. That's because these too "coils" of the spring are short, and already pretty extended, if you can picture that.

                                The goose rumped horse who isn't taken to the gym regularly, but asked jump or spring out of starting gates anyway might be pretty prone to trashing his SI joint. If, on top of that, he lacks a nice muscle-y bootay, you will *see* the hunter's bump on him more than you would a horse whose heart-shaped, nice-strong buns filled in the space on either side of the spine.

                                The key to avoiding both the look and pathology of the hunter's bump is meticulous conditioning for the hind end.
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                                Politically Pro-Cat

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                                • #17
                                  Friend showed a TB with a hunter's bump for many years. He showed up to the regulars. He was fine, never sore or lame until he was in his mid-teens when he started to stop. I wonder if at that point in his life, the miles and the bump started to take its toll.

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                                    http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=m...2&id=695125463
                                    http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=m...2&id=695125463

                                    Well here's a couple of pics of him. I don't have any that give a great side view.
                                    What do you think?

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                                      Apparently I"m an idiot- they are both the same pic!
                                      LOL- well you get the picture- haha pardon the pun (I need a nap)

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                                      • #20
                                        I'd also like to hear more about roach-backed horses. What problems does it cause? Never really had any experiences with that.

                                        Thanks in advance!

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