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post #1 of 6 Old 10-03-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hip problem. Any suggestions?

I recently bought a 7-year old mare. When I bought her, the previous owner said she didn't like to lope. I did some research on it and a lot of the time it was because they were out of shape, which she is because she hadn't been ridden since May. And when I rode her about a week ago, she loped fine.

A couple of days ago, I tried loping her in a roundpen and she didn't seem to want to. I didn't push her, but eventually she tried and ended up just slipping and looked uncomfortable.

Yesterday, I decided to just spend some bonding time with her. I was scratching her to see if there was a spot she liked and rubbing her all over trying to see if there was a spot causing her pain. Turns out there was. I got to her left hip and she curled her neck down like she was going to buck. And all I did was apply a small amount of pressure. I did it again to make sure and she did buck.

The BO told me I should call a chiropractor, but the closest one is over an hour away and would probably cost quite a bit just to have them drive up.

Any other suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-03-2010, 07:03 PM
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I would definitely have someone look at your horse. It sounds to me as if she is slightly out on her hips. If you can view her at a trot can you tell if she is paddling her hind legs or swinging one more than the other? I'm an equine therapist and this is something I see a lot, but it is easy to fix.

Are there any therapists in your area at all or is the only chiro an hour away? I am happy to help any way I can remotely!
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Unfortunately, yes, the closest therapists or chiropractors are roughly an hour away. I recently moved (for college) to the biggest city in North Dakota, also where the state horse park is. You'd think there'd be one around here, but vet that did equine care stopped for some reason. No idea.

I will call the ones I found tomorrow.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-03-2010, 10:40 PM
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I would personally start with an equine therapist or chiropractor. They're a lot cheaper to begin with than a vet [around here, anyway]. My boy has had his hip out of place at least four or five times in the time I've had him, so I now call out the chiropractor out whenever he starts to look off.

How hard are you pushing her? Like, how often are you riding and are you making her work, or just riding for pleasure?

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I pushed about as much as I would if I were trying to get her to move her butt.

Right now, the most I've been working on is just getting her to walk away from other horses because she became herdbound from not being ridden. And the saddle I have right now doesn't fit me well enough for me to have her trotting. (The stirrups are too short for me to post.) But I am getting my new one soon.

The most I've made her work is trotting either in a roundpen, arena, or field to see if she would lope. She did once and was pretty okay with it, but it was only that once. Before that, she bucked and afterwards she bucked.
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And when I had her in the roundpen, I figured there was pain involved because she tried to get into a lope, made this squeaky, whimpering noise and went back down to a trot.
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