So I stumbled over this on FB as well. Got to hand it to social media nowadays, you can run but you cannot hide any more.
Here is the text that went with the picture:
4-2-22-574- Clydesdale gelding approx 17 hands and 4 years old he has a “hump back” which is most likely genetic but could have been caused by an injury although he doesn’t have any visable scars or signs and it doesn’t seem to bother him. He did take a rider but doesn’t know cue’s picked up his feet willingly.
Note – Clydesdales genetically are prone to this condition It is a convex (upward) curvature of the spine in the area where the loins join the croup (the coupling). It affects collection or lateral bend and the horse will take shorter steps behind, since the vertebrae have less range of motion. The stiffness through the back limits both its up and down motion and its ability to bend laterally (side to side). Some improvement is possible through exercises, but these horses are better off in a companion/light work that doesn’t require collection and/or bending.
here is a picture of another horse with roach back- http://i23.tinypic.com/10xzk9l.jpg
Instructions Placement/Proof of ownership form: http://www.ac4h.com/BOABC.htm
Payment/Donation link: http://www.ac4h.com/ac4hdonate.htm
To me there’s a really interesting blend of ignorance and knowledge in that descriptive bit. From reading the comments that followed, this poor fellow was purchased by a kill buyer (currently still owned by that kill buyer) for $50. Now, these people AC4H Broker Horses are advertising him for sale for $500 as a ‘light’ riding horse per their video of him. One person comments: I saw this horse and felt him all over at Middleburg sale. He is in an immense amount of pain hot all over and tense.
You’ll have to scroll a little down their FB page to find this horse, but it appears these people sell horses owned by kill buyers. Surprisingly the horse moves way better than I thought he would. Besides the obvious spinal issue, he’s got issues with those back feet. The left one is severely split and I can’t imagine this horse has been able to pick up those hind feet in a very long time to have them attended to.
I don’t know what to say at this point, other than I really do want to pop ‘her’ in the mouth for saying; ‘Look at that animation. He sure does pick them up high.’ Really? Well, I guess it’s a selling feature that he doesn’t fall on his face.
Unfortunately, this led me to another video of a whole other variety, which led me to a website. I seriously do not have enough energy to punch all the people I want to. I would like to know, though, if Clydesdale’s do actually carry a genetic structural defect like this. If so, what lines and what’s being done to get it out of the breed?