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Solutions for Kissing Spine

While simple enough to identify in horses, treating, repairing, or living with kissing spine can be a challenge. Known clinically as overriding dorsal spinous processes, “kissing spine” most commonly affects the vertebrae in the mid and caudal thoracic area of a horse’s spine (T13-T18) where the saddle is placed. It can occur closer to the horse’s rump, but much more rarely. On a healthy spine, the dorsal spinous processes (DSPs) – the vertical part of the vertebral body – are evenly spaced without touching each other. In kissing spine, the DSPs impinge or come in contact with the spinous processes directly in front or behind, or cross each other, rather than remaining in a straight line, upright, and with the correct amount of spacing between them. For some horses, the presence of kissing spine on radiographs is associated with pain and behaviour issues such as bucking, rearing, irritation during saddling,…

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