Kissing spine and arthritis

Ola ola,

A couple of days has gone since we visited the clinic and I’ve finally landed a little.

The days leading up to the visit I was walking around with stomach ache and loads of anxiety, cause in the back of my mind I knew the visit wouldn’t make me happy.

The visit in itself wasn’t that bad. The vet looked trough him thoroughly with taking loads of photos and echos to make sure he had done everything and checked everything. The last half hour was probably the worst, going trough every single photo and hearing him explaining everything he saw. Most was good, but then there was the news I didn’t want to hear.

I knew when I bought Grumpy that he had a bad back. I could have left him standing right there and then, but as you know. You fall in love and then there is no turning back. His back luckily haven’t changed that much. The back has become a tiny bit worse, but if you consider the 3 year gap, I thought it would be worse.

Then there was the one thing I didn’t want to hear. Grumpy has arthritis in his sacroiliac joint. The part that joins the back with the legs. As a natural reaction I told the vet I never wanted to ride him again. It’s against my interest to sit on a horse that has pain. However after calming down a bit, talking to a few people and reading about it I realized that it’s not the end of the world. No, I cannot remove it, but I can try to make it better.

It also explains a lot of the issues I’ve had. The lifting of the tail when riding, the problems with left canter. I thought I was going crazy, but there actually was an explanation.

The plan for now is to try inflammation injections to see if that will help. My vet wants to try an infusion, but of course my insurance is standing on their back legs and doesn’t want to pay it. So we shall see.

I tried to research a lot about this when I heard about it, but couldn’t find much. So I’ll take you along for the ride. At the moment I am not riding him till he has had his injections, but we are trying to find fun things to do to keep him moving instead of just lunging. If you have any tips, please let me know!



3 thoughts on “Kissing spine and arthritis

  1. Your blog post popped up in my Facebook feed and my heart goes out to you. My horse was just diagnosed with kissing spine this spring. I have done a ton of research. If you haven’t already, join the Facebook group “Horses with Kissing Spine.” It’s been such an encouragement to me. I have also been collecting books that have ideas for stretches and rehab exercises. I will link to them here so you can peruse them for yourself. (These are affiliate links.) 🙂 (this first book has great pictures and so many exercises with poles that I had never heard of before.) The next book came highly recommended to me by someone whose business is horse rehab.

    I have a close friend from a previous barn where I rode several years ago who has a TB mare. She had the reshaping surgery a couple of years ago and just a month or so back did her first ever 3-day event. I think the mare is around 13. So there is a ton of hope. Just remember each horse is different and the set of accompanying side lameness/conditions is different. I don’t know what the outcome will be with my horse, but after doing a bone scan, two vets from the clinic said, “This is not a retire-able horse.”

    Here is a blog post I wrote after I knew about the diagnosis for a while.


    1. Ah thank you so much for this sweet comment! I will definitely check out the books you’ve mentioned and see how they can help. I’m not too worried about his kissing spine as this is more or less stable at the moment, but more about his arthritis 🙂 I will check out your blog post!


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