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    12-16-2012, 04:49 PM
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Could my mare have back problems after having a foal?

Hi.. im wondering if anyone has any input on this my mare had a foal in may she was ridden near enough all the way upto foaling as we didn't know she was Infoal until a couple of weeks before.. She was very lazy and docile she can be spooky but you really had to get after her to move! Even way before she even looked in foal.. Then she had the foal perhaps 2 months after she was ridden by her 8 year old regular rider she spooked and the little girl fell off! She then went absolutely crazy( nothing nasty she was just in a major panic) doesn't help that I don't know her exact age or past history but then she wasn't ridden for a while as she got hypocalcemia in September so I left her to recover.. Then a few weeks ago my friend offered to jump on her so I tacked her up and on she got.. She was fine to be tacked up fine to get on.. She walked round the field a few times whilst I was stood watching.. Then my friend asked me to gt something so I did! ( my mare couldn't see me for 2 mins) came back she was trotting down the field and my friend was on the floor.. She said she started spinning on the spot, my friend kicked her forward she took 2 steps forward did a little bronco then reared.. Then I was considering selling her a girl came to view her and wanted to ride her so I explained what she had done and I again tacked her up with no issue but put her on the lunge line.. She did not put one foot wrong! ( but is that because I was there the whole time?) I'm so confused asks to wether she could have a sore back? But she walks fine lunges fine tacks up fine can bend her neck fully both ways! And was even ridden fine the last time! Or is it because she thinks if I get you off you won't get back on and work me? Or is it purely me? I would get on her I'm abit tall but she's 13.1 and I'm only 8 stone so I wouldn't squash her but after having a baby I'm not as confident as I was before I don't want her to feel my nerves and be scared as she's one of them that takes a lot of confidence from you type! I'm really baffled asks to what to do.. Could her having a foal of hurt her back in anyway? I personally think she had my friend off in excitement that she was doing something but I could be wrong.. Think it's best I get her back checked this week incase she is suffering in anyway what do you think? Thanks in advance
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    12-17-2012, 12:50 AM
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Could my mare have back problems after having a foal?
Nice short answer - yes. Horses also frequently have body issues regardless of foals.

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Originally Posted by Keeley57    
had the foal perhaps 2 months after she was ridden by her 8 year old regular rider she spooked and the little girl fell off! She then went absolutely crazy( nothing nasty she was just in a major panic)
That could potentially be if her foal wasn't there/she wasn't allowed to be with it. I would always ride a mare with a foal at foot... with the foal at foot.

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She said she started spinning on the spot, my friend kicked her forward she took 2 steps forward did a little bronco then reared..
Sounds like she could have stressed at being alone with a stranger or such, then your friend kicked her... if she reared, there's also a fair chance whatever your friend did next caused that too - rearing under saddle is commonly due to too much rein pressure.

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She did not put one foot wrong! ( but is that because I was there the whole time?) I'm so confused asks to wether she could have a sore back?
Well unless you're a chiro or vet, it's not surprising that you're confused, so I suggest you get someone like that to check her out.

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I'm abit tall but she's 13.1 and I'm only 8 stone s
She won't care if you're too tall for fashion & you're far from too heavy for her size.

If after you have her back checked anything physical is ruled out, I would suggest hiring a trainer/instructor to work with you & her to get an idea about what problems she/you have.
     

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