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post #1 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Back Sores...?

So I was checking up on my horse and was running my fingers along the sides of his spine, and behind his withers and at the point where his point of hip is he reacted, jerking his head up and stepping back.

What should I do?
What can I do?

He lives in a pasture so he is always running and frolicking around.
I put a saddle on him for the first time in about a month yesterday (I usually ride bareback).

I told my dad (a non horse expert) and he said "Well he probably was rolling and rolled on a rock." I don't think so..

Help please? Thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 12:43 PM
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No way to know for sure. I would have a vet or chiro out to take a look.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 12:45 PM
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It could be that there is a problem with the saddle, that is if it stretches back that far.
Or he might have a bruise or something.

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Fiona's back gets sore if I ride bareback after a long hiatus of no riding. She has always been sensitive. I do plan on treating her to a massage therapist for her birthday though, lol.

Your best bet could be a chiro or a massage therapist. It can be as simple as what your dad said, though.

Horses went without message therapists and chiro specialists for decades. We do want our horses to be as comfortable as possible, but it really only takes one ride, one roll, one bad turn, to reverse the money invested into those services.

You said you put a saddle on him, are you confident it fits?

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You said you put a saddle on him, are you confident it fits?
What do you mean by that?

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-22-2013, 12:52 PM
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What do you mean by that?
Do you know the saddle fits him? Does it camp down on his withers, or is there sufficient room. Is it too narrow or too wide? These can make a horse very agitated if it is an ill fitting saddle.

Fiona's panels were too "banana" shaped and dug into her back, making her irritable and pissy. Finances later and a nicer more flat paneled saddle, she's a happy camper.

Considering you say you ride bareback leads me to believe we have a saddle issue.

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Considering you say you ride bareback leads me to believe we have a saddle issue.

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Ahhh that might be it, thank you for the link.
Ill check it out!

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Very welcome :)

Sometimes it can be as simple as a too narrow saddle that pinches and makes 'em grumpy!
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