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post #1 of 10 Old 02-10-2013, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know what a back exam would cost?

I guess my uncle is drunk or something but he just admitted that him and my horse's previous owners had all jumped on her Back at age 1. She is now almost 11 and has always had a cinching problem that I attributed to her stubborness (As did her trainer) and lack of daily riding. She dances a bit making it a workout when trying to cinch her up and now that I know this (And I had a huge fight against my uncle's ridiculous ignorance over Facebook) so now I need to know how much an exam would cost so I can see if all these years she has been in pain over that. Anyone have a back exam recently done in Texas and know a little bit about what it might cost to get it done? Won't feel right riding her until I get it done.....Man I really despise my uncle now D< . He kept fighting with me on the information he thought was right and was actually completely wrong....I'm so glad he never owned a horse. Poor thing would have suffered.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-10-2013, 04:25 AM
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Well, I am pretty sure it would around be $100 and more for pain meds if that's what's prescribed. However, if I were you, I would call a horse chiropractor that also is registered equine massage therapist instead of a vet, but really best to call both.
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Well, I am pretty sure it would around be $100 and more for pain meds if that's what's prescribed. However, if I were you, I would call a horse chiropractor that also is registered equine massage therapist instead of a vet, but really best to call both.

I Never Thought of an Equine Massage Therapist fixing this problem? I'll have to call a few people to see on Monday. I just wanted to know ASAP since I just found this information out when I posted it. I'm SO angry that I didn't know about it and could have been causing her unnecessary pain for all these years. I feel terrible! She is my baby. D:
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It may have not been caused by that at all, could be from an ill fitting saddle, from her romping around in the field, etc. A cinchy horse could also be a horse in a saddle that does fit them correct, eg, the bars of your saddle hit the tips of her shoulder blades, or the cinch is being tightened to quickly for her liking and now it's become a habit.
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It may have not been caused by that at all, could be from an ill fitting saddle, from her romping around in the field, etc. A cinchy horse could also be a horse in a saddle that does fit them correct, eg, the bars of your saddle hit the tips of her shoulder blades, or the cinch is being tightened to quickly for her liking and now it's become a habit.

It's one of those things that I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'd rather not push it aside now that I know about it and find out another 10 years down the road. She has had many saddles fitted by many different people, pads, the works for that and the cinching quickly was never something that I caused. In the beginning I didn't have the strength to tighten very quickly so if that is the case, which I hope it is, it was either the Trainer or someone else and I'll be ecstatic and happy because the dancing around is a unique quirk I can live with and have lived with. XD Thank you for the advice. I hope to god for her sake it is just her being stubborn and habitual.
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I'm in PA but the Chiro exam for my gelding was $100.

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It totally depends on the vet. When I was looking for a chiro, some wanted $375 for one visit, others were $100.
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Cinchyness can also be a sign of ulcers as well as several other things. Sometimes it does just become a habit. Usually tho, IMO it is a sign of poor saddle fit or a girth issue that is either currently still happening or happened in the past and the horse is now sour expecting pain when it is cinched. Some horses hate certain types of girths. Riding a horse by 1 isnt smart at all, but if the horse is now 11 and the only problem is cinchyness, its probably a saddle fit issue adn being ridden at 1 had little to no impact on the horse at hand. Chiro would be where id start and then go from there.

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The price depends on where you are, what vet you have, and stuff like that. You can always get a number from different vets so you have a rough estimate:) that's what I do:)

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Cinchyness can also be a sign of ulcers as well as several other things. Sometimes it does just become a habit. Usually tho, IMO it is a sign of poor saddle fit or a girth issue that is either currently still happening or happened in the past and the horse is now sour expecting pain when it is cinched. Some horses hate certain types of girths. Riding a horse by 1 isnt smart at all, but if the horse is now 11 and the only problem is cinchyness, its probably a saddle fit issue adn being ridden at 1 had little to no impact on the horse at hand. Chiro would be where id start and then go from there.
Yep, agree with all of this. My chiro visit (in New Hampshire) costs about $125, as my horse needs few adjustments and is generally pretty pain free in the back (she has some pelvis issues). The first time the chiro came, she was also able to help me see some saddle fit issues that I had fixed in a $100 visit from a saddle fitter. The chiro comes to the barn every 6 months, though if there are major problems with a horse she may come more frequently; same with the saddle fitter. Sounds like an introductory visit with a chiro may get you off on the right path.
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