One of the most common complaints we see from owners is back pain, specifically kissing spines. This may have been picked up be a visit with the physiotherapist, chiropractor, or there may have been a change in the horse’s behaviour. Back pain, in particular kissing spines, can be very confusing and frustrating for owners and vets alike. Is the pain originating from the spine, the musculature or is it actually a secondary problem caused by hind limb lameness? This article aims to shed some light on this complicated issue and explain some of the recent research and approaches for dealing with this problem.
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