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[RC] long back, what helps? - RENESPONY

one of my riding partners has a NSH with a looooong back.
he is 6 this year and has done LD for 2 years.
occasionally he will develop a sore back over the loins. (muscle sore)
she has had a vet check him out, and he is fine, bought a new saddle that is 
lighter, and don't go so far back, bought a shock absorbing pad etc.
is there anything else that she could do? how about a light massage after 
and before vet checks? or is it better to leave the area alone, and let him 
stretch down and out like "carrot stretches" he is stalled in bad weather, 
and wears a blanket
to keep that back dry and  warm.
also she is a light weight rider, no saddle bags in the back of the saddle.
any ideas?

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