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    11-08-2009, 07:47 PM
Unhappy Back problems?

I have a 20 year old mare who seems to have a problem:

She's 14.3 and 800 something pounds, I way 100.
She does fine on ground work, she does find just being by herself, and she does fine lounging, even with the saddle on. But as soon as I get on, especially if I lean funny, she starts to whinny very loudly and nicker until I get off.

Then, I do a neck excercize that I learned with that Aussie trainer I forgot his name but, you stand the horse still, and stretch the neck, by pulling it side to side it's supposed to give you control and stuff.

Well, I did it once, and last time I did it, I pulled her neck to touch my toe, and she did it perfectly (mind i'm not "pulling" I'm asking) and she just left her head there and started that whinnying again, and I had to push her head forward to get her out of that position!

I don't know what's wrong!!! I'm scared!!
Am I too heavy? Is she hurt? What's going on?

I ride western, and she used to be a jumper. She was a mom too at one point. Does this have anything to do with it? Or is it just my riding?
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    11-08-2009, 08:03 PM
Have you had the chiropractor out?

Are you sure that something isn't pinching her?

The whinnying doesn't sound like a pain thing tho to me ...
    11-08-2009, 08:06 PM
Whinnying wouldn't be pain? What abou the consistant nickering? And it's not when she walks, it's only if I sit back or lean funny...
    11-08-2009, 08:46 PM
It could be the saddle fit..
I would have a saddle fitter come out just to make sure.
& then I would also have the chiro out to check out her back.
    11-08-2009, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by cowgirl4Jesus    
whinnying wouldn't be pain? What abou the consistant nickering? And it's not when she walks, it's only if I sit back or lean funny...
If it was pain she would be trying to get away from it... in my opinion.

What happens if you make her move forward?
    11-08-2009, 09:05 PM
It could be a matter of arthritic changes along her spine or it could be a matter of poor saddle fit. Remember these old horses loose muscle mass along their back and saddles that once fit can begin to bind or pinch.

Have someone who is knowledgeable in saddle fit check things out for you to make sure that isn't the problem. If it's ok, then have a vet out to examine your mare for signs of back or neck pain.
    11-08-2009, 10:31 PM
Well, firstly, thank you all for trying to help me =)

Secondly, this is to answer all your questianos....=)

1- I use a build-up pad that is super thick and acording to the tack guy I bought the saddle from, it supposedly is supposed to free her from any tree problems or pinching...and this one is so thick, she supposed to not even really feel the saddle except for the girth.
2- I haven't had a ciropracter out...actually, I didn't even know the existed for horses, but would a vet suffice? A chiro sounds expensive =/
3- A think I've noticed her doing lately, is if she doesn't want to go somewhere, she backs up. She's very good at it actually. But that's only if she's scared, not if I just ask her to move forward...generally.
4-Arthritus sounds good...but wouldn't that apply with her just being in the pasture as well? When she did all this today, again, I unsadled her on the spot, and told her to "go-on" and she took off at a full run back to her favorite spot in the pasture, kickin' and whinnying like a little foal.
    11-08-2009, 10:35 PM
Sounds to me like she is training leave her in the pasture.
    11-08-2009, 10:51 PM
Originally Posted by Macslady    
Sounds to me like she is training leave her in the pasture.
    11-09-2009, 01:35 AM
I dunno. My horse had back issues from a poorly fitting saddle before I got her, and I've never experienced her whinnying because of it. She just bucked and reared until I got her straightened out (bad pun, teehee). I guess your horse could present pain by whinnying, so saddle fit is something to look into, but I would also ask your horse's previous owners if she did this with them, and if she did, why. Perhaps it's a training issue. It's a weird one for sure.

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