When owners and riders think about the horses back, the sacroiliac region is an area that is often overlooked or not considered significant. However, injury in this area can cause the horse to be in a lot of pain or discomfort and can cause problems without there being any visible abnormality.
A study by the university reported that over half of the 124 horses presented to the clinic with suspected back pain and joint reparation in horses. This suggests that the sacroiliac should be given some serious consideration when looking at back problems.
The sacroiliac junction connects the horse's spine at the sacrum and the ilium of the pelvis. The joint is capable of very little movement and contains little or no joint fluid. This is supported by the ventral sacroiliac ligament.
The reasons for pain in the sacroiliac region consist of:
Ligamentous injury is the ventral sacroiliac ligament that runs from the tubersacrale to the sacrum. The significance of this injury depends on the severity i.e. if the ligament is torn or just strained.
Misalignments of the tubersacrale can cause discomfort in this area as joints may not be functioning within their normal range of movement (ROM). A McTimoney practitioner will often treat this area to support optimal joint function.