Background: Back pain is very common in horses of all sports. Lower leg lameness may contribute to back pain, and vice versa. Poor shoeing is an important and often overlooked aspect of back pain, as is trauma.
Symptoms: Include resistance to training, refusing to jump, hollowing of the back, slow out of the starting gate, reluctance to make sliding stops, crooked movement or taking a long time to warm up.
Diagnostics: History and physical examination, including acupuncture and chiropractic examination, if possible.
Special Notes: Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances, or mineral imbalances can result in muscle, tendon or ligament weakness and pain.
Principles for Supplementation: Improve circulation, reduce pain, supply mineral nutrition to the muscles.