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Kissing Spines in Horses
Kissing Spines (Click here to watch the kissing spines video) is a syndrome and whenever the term 'syndrome' is used in medicine you can be sure that the causes are poorly understood. Not that anyone is looking for the cause. If your horse has been diagnosed with KS then give us a call on the numbers you see on the left. There ARE other options to surgery and wouldn't you rather address the ROOT cause. Remember that if you ever wanted to sell the horse there are few people who would buy a horse who had had the KS operation. We concentrate on fixing any soft tissue damage and then on rebuilding the horse's core strength which helps the horse work in a more rounded outline thus naturally causing the spinous processes to part of their own accord.
If the spinous processes are genuinely touching this is for sure a painful condition but the cause is very often to be found in the muscles which are keeping the spine out of place and thus causing the spinous processes to rub together. Certainly there will be odd occasions where the structure of the horse is such that the spinous processes are touching due to the way it is built, but rarely in our experience. Not that the operation is not successful. Clearly if you shave the spinal processes and or cut the intra-spinal ligaments this will stop them touching and this is the cause of the pain but not necessarily what is causing the spinal processes to touch in the first place. It is not uncommon that further surgery is required as the problem worsens because the cause of the problem has not been addressed.
We would rather attack the root cause(s). It is not uncommon for horses who have had the KS operated on that in time they have other 'unexplained' locomotion problems. We recently had a 5 year-old horse in who was diagnosed with Kissing Spines and declared as dangerous and should never be ridden again. Within an hour we were riding the horse. Yes, the horse had pain but the problem lay in the horse's head initially and the bad experiences it had already had with humans such that it was just saying a clear 'NO! I don't want to be ridden by you!'. 3 months later after having gone through our Muscle Therapy process the horse was being ridden by its owner who had given up hope of ever riding her. Click here to watch the kissing spines video.
If your horse is diagnosed with this problem give us a call or better still bring your horse to visit us. You should also read the recent H&H Kissing Spines article which has some interesting things to say about the effect proper training can have on this condition.