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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Back sore...why?

I noticed tonight when using a curry comb on Apollo after our ride that he is a little back sore, so I'm going to give him off until he is 100% again. He was great for our ride I would have never known if I hadn't brushed him afterwards...

I'm not a loud rider at all...I had my bf record me riding a few days ago and I was actually really happy with my riding. I have been riding him English for the past 2 weeks (I usually ride him in a barrel saddle) and we have jumped a few small x's a couple times as well. He has been collecting and rounding out, so do you think that could be why he's sore...because he's using muscles he has never used before? He does have a longer back and it isn't very strong yet but we are working on that...it is his lower back right about where the panels sit (not on his spine but the muscles next to it). He doesn't really have much of a top line yet because I got him a couple hundred pounds underweight and he had nothing to him...he's been under saddle for a little over 4 months and we are slowing building it back up. I have been riding him a lot more than usual too because I was out of work for 2 weeks due to an injury so I had a lot of extra time on my hands, but now that I am back in work we will get back to our regular schedule (so it may be from riding so much lately...or a combination of everything).

How can I help him out? Not riding, obviously...but could I put liniment gel on it or cold hose him?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-20-2013, 09:50 PM
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Aren't YOU sore when you use muscles that haven't used in a long time? We just baled hay and I could barely move the next day.

Your saddle could be the issue.

He could need adjusted by a chiropractor.

He could have pulled a muscle somehow.

He could have been kicked by another horse.

Your guess is as good as ours.

My Mare had a chronically sore back before I purchased her. She would buckle under the weight of being brushed. I had her adjusted by my chiropractor and she was absolutely ridicliously out right where the saddle would sit. Since the adjusted, she has been wonderful and I've never seen an indication of soreness since.
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Do you mount from the ground?

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What's the weight ratio? How does your saddle fit? Can you get a chiro?
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No I do not mount from the ground. I weigh about 145 and am 6ft tall, he is 15 hh and built pretty sturdy. If he isn't feeling better after a week off I'll have a chiro look at him...I'm guessing his muscles are just sore from riding English and using muscles he's never used before, but I could be wrong. Its his muscles that seem to be sore, not his spine. The saddle I am using fits pretty well...even sweat marks throughout.
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Could have torn muscles if he slipped and fell while turned out, could have laid wrong and wrenched something getting up.

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