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        11-09-2009, 12:49 AM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by kchfuller    
    agree!
    Totally agree! I have never heard of a horse whinnying in pain.

    Your vet should be able to tell if there is back pain, and as far as that goes you can too....run your fingers along their spine, giving firm but not harsh pressure, if they flinch (move away or drop their backs down when you get to a certain spot), that can be an indication of pain in that area.

    This by no means is to replace a vet...it just may give you an indication prior to the vet arriving where the pain be generating from.

    Do you own just the one horse? Or is she housed w other horses? She is more than likely calling for her pasture buddies if there are other horses on site.
         
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        11-09-2009, 10:25 AM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Maverick101    
    Totally agree! I have never heard of a horse whinnying in pain.

    Your vet should be able to tell if there is back pain, and as far as that goes you can too....run your fingers along their spine, giving firm but not harsh pressure, if they flinch (move away or drop their backs down when you get to a certain spot), that can be an indication of pain in that area.

    This by no means is to replace a vet...it just may give you an indication prior to the vet arriving where the pain be generating from.

    Do you own just the one horse? Or is she housed w other horses? She is more than likely calling for her pasture buddies if there are other horses on site.
    Found it! Thank you. I did that, and right in the middle, but a little further towards the rump, I was putting pressure on it, and she jumped. (she was eating at the time...but I always mess with her then. It's my time to groom her and check her for cuts and such) Then I did it again to be sure, and she tried to bite me, which she has never done to me in her life. I'm going to have to have a vet out....poor thing. I feel really bad.
         
        11-09-2009, 05:55 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I'm glad you are having a vet out.

    And don't believe the guys who are trying to sell you another piece of tack. Just adding another pad (even a thick one) isn't necessarily going to prevent a saddle focusing pressure on one area or pinching. In fact it can make the problem worse. It is important to assess that actual fit of a saddle.
         
        11-09-2009, 06:48 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Really? I didn't know that....I can slip my hand in both sides....but, who do I get to asses saddle fit?
         

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