Originally Posted by Dustbunny
OP....you mentioned that when things get better for you financially you are going to get a chiro for her. If she is hurting that could account for part of her attitude. If she hurts continuing to ride her will not cure any problem. She will simply continue to hurt. I am certainly no expert by any means but I do know how fussy they can be when they hurt and they can't tell us, except by their behavior. If you can possibly have her checked at least you would know if she needs treatment or she really is just pissy.
A number of years ago a chiro and saddle fitting helped solve a lot of problems I was having with my mare...interestingly and lovingly called Pissy Missy.
Good luck to both of you.
The interesting thing about her is that she is just fine on trails, its once you ask her to collect or if you are in an arena. I'll actually have a lot of debt cleared in the next few days and am starting a new job soon. While the vet didn't find anything specifically I'm going to have a chiropractor come out soon. She is not being ridden in the mean time except for a few trail rides (I am out of state. My trainer is riding her on trails and said she is doing great with those as she usually does).
The chiropractor I'm going to use is very good at what she does and requires you to have 3 visits scheduled so she can do follow ups. If things continue how they are I'll be scheduling regular chiropractic appointments.