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        10-22-2013, 04:19 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I agree, she does have some soreness somewhere or back issues. She's also short strided and racky. Step paces with speed. I think you should:
    Have the farrier come
    Have a lookover by a vet
    Get a chiropractor for her
    Make sure your saddle fits really well
    And she needs hours and hours of walk walk walk, getting her to relax and stride out. I find what helps me is a bit of dressage; using each corner properly, figure 8's, in a ring, make sure you can see her eyelash on the inside without just bending her neck. Backing up here and there, ground poles.
    You can get a nice gait, but she needs a lot of work prior to asking for it. I know it's in there.

    How old is she?
         
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        10-22-2013, 11:49 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Guilherme    
    Two and done is not a problem. She communicated; you listened. Maybe you can hang your shingle as an "animal communicator"?!?!?!?!

    Do you have access to a vet school or large animal clinic? They often have better facilities to get you a good diagnosis. They can also often offer a wider choice of therapies. Even if you have to make a "day trip" it might be time well invested.

    G.
    Hahaha!
    There are actually a couple within an hours drive. I will definitely be looking into it.
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        10-22-2013, 11:51 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Guilherme    
    Thanks very much, I really appreciate it :) I will read them all, but at first glance.... It definitely sounds like its her hocks.
    Another thing she does, is when she walks in a straight line, her right hind leg swings around and criss crosses in front of the other leg. Her left is normal and goes straight. She also has a larger muscle in her hindquarters on the left side.. Possibly from taking weight off the right?
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        10-22-2013, 11:55 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
    I agree, she does have some soreness somewhere or back issues. She's also short strided and racky. Step paces with speed. I think you should:
    Have the farrier come
    Have a lookover by a vet
    Get a chiropractor for her
    Make sure your saddle fits really well
    And she needs hours and hours of walk walk walk, getting her to relax and stride out. I find what helps me is a bit of dressage; using each corner properly, figure 8's, in a ring, make sure you can see her eyelash on the inside without just bending her neck. Backing up here and there, ground poles.
    You can get a nice gait, but she needs a lot of work prior to asking for it. I know it's in there.

    How old is she?
    The farrier was here last week, and we are trying to correct her feet. They aren't horrible, but since she foundered in the past they are flatter than we want them. She also noticed the swinging of her right hind when she walks. Mysti is also pretty resistant to allowing her back legs to be picked up. With me, she will let me pick them up but tries to put it down after not to long. With the farrier, she is worse but getting better. Wondering if it is sore for her to lift them up as well..
    I was thinking of getting a chiro as well.. And a massage therapist, as her back and hindquarter muscles feel pretty stiff.
    She is 14.
    Thank you! :)
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        10-23-2013, 07:38 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I used to give my old guy bute before the farrier came. It helped a lot.
         
        10-24-2013, 05:37 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    ^^ that's a good idea!

    Vet coming out to take xrays of her hocks next week.. Crossing my fingers we can figure this out :)
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        11-01-2013, 12:18 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    She also looks green in meaning that she may not have been ridden correctly in a long time. Aside from Chiro, etc. she may need lots and lots of walking. Her bits of flatwalk I see are signature TWH, but she can't hold it. Doesn't seem to understand longer vs faster. Circles and corners, lots of plain walk, pick up some speed and back down slower if she falls into a rack. Like when she nods, you can push her until she stops nodding, at that point slow down.
         
        11-02-2013, 02:45 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    I had the vet out to do X-rays in her hock.. Nothing major found. There is slight soft tissue damage that the vet recommended hand walking her 30 minutes to an hour daily.. For a month. Then slowly introducing riding at walk. I'm also going to have a massage therapist come out on a regular basis
         

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