He leapt the distance that separated him and the gang's leader, grabbing the horse's withers as the animal reared.
A necropsy later revealed he had fractured his spine behind the withers .
El Condor Pasa, age seven, and End Sweep, 11, died in July after respectively suffering intestinal torsion and fractured withers .
Depending on the horse's comfort level, I might want to start on the shoulder and move up to the withers .
The hands of an intermediate rider move only about six to eight inches in front of the horse's withers in a short crest release.
She was then tossed across a horse's withers and cried out involuntarily as her belly slammed into the horse's back.
Females stand, on average, 23 to 25 inches at the withers (shoulders).
As you approach the center of the circle, swing your primary line so that it is behind the horse's withers .
If you stand alongside the shoulder of a horse that wants to fight with you and grab a chunk of mane right at his withers , you can stay alongside him quietly while he backs up, spins, or goes up in front and he can't hurt you.
He was astride a pegasi - a black horse with wings sprouting from its withers - and rode along in silence.