I was just curious about the causes and effects of Lordosis in horses. As I understand it causes horses to be swaybacked... is it simply another name for being swaybacked, or is it a condition that causes horses to be swaybacked, or something else?
Also, how does a horse develop it? Is it a hereditary conformational trait, or something that develops due to conditions and/or handling?
And finally, would it make it harder for a horse with a condition like this to 'round up' or collect by lifting the base of its neck, coiling its loins and arching its back? What other effects would it have on the horse from day to day?
Helen, go over and read the "kissing spines" thread. The answer to your query and that query are the same. Yes, lordosis is just the medical term for swayback, especially where it affects the lumbar span.
As I told the other person, also, if you haven't read Woody and True Collection, now's the time....the general answer or concept you're asking about is contained in those papers. After reading them, you'll already know the answer to whether lordosis/swayback affects a horse's ability to "round up".
Also, again, why are you asking this? Just curious because you'd heard the term? Or you have a horse at the barn there where you go riding that is either swaybacked or lordotic? Best wishes -- Dr. Deb
Wonderful, thank you. The term was brought up in a discussion about rounding and conformation - I was saying that any horse can 'round up' with correct training, though being downhill in terms of the point of the loins and the base of the neck can make it harder. Someone else said that horses with lordosis can't collect, and that didn't sound right to me. Glad to hear I understood it to start with.
Last edited on Thu Sep 27th, 2007 11:39 pm by Helen