Back pain in ridden horses is a common issue. As riders we sit on the weakest point of a horse’s back and then ask it to perform tasks it was never really designed to do! So how can we prevent them becoming sore? Correct tack fitting and good farriery are essential. However, one of the keys to prevent back pain in ridden horses is teaching them to carry a rider properly. A horse that has a tendency to go ‘hollow’ is far more likely to have a sore back than one which works in a good outline. Imagine hollowing your back and then carrying a rucksack around – soon you will be pretty uncomfortable! Read the full article written by Mel Betts, McTimoney Animal Practitioner.