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    10-10-2012, 03:08 PM
Horse Back Problems - Help?

I have an arabian-type paint mare. She is 15 years old, a very easy keeper and has foundered once in the past. Her feet are in very good condition now and don't seem to bother her at all. She has somewhat of a "pot belly". It hangs low and her back arches slightly. She is a wonderfully broke mare who I use daily for beginning western and english lessons. Several months ago she started to flinch when I brushed her back like it tickled her. Then she became cinchy. She would bite and kick when I went to tighten her girth and it is only getting worse. I am 99% sure the saddle I am using fits her well. When the kids mount her she sinks away from it, like the middle of her back hurt (these kids are very small, light weight). I am working on refitting saddle and making sure her feet are not bothering her but I cannot figure out what the source of her back pain is. For the time being I am not using her for riding lessons until it is solved. Any ideas??? This is the best picture I could find of her body profile. She is the one on the left. Thanks
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    10-10-2012, 03:56 PM
Back pain is usually associated with either a poor fitting saddle, major trauma or pain in the limbs, usually the rear and usually the hocks specifically. I doubt she's had a trauma major enough to put her back out that badly, and as well with light work most horses are great with a saddle that fits well enough that there is no pinching, etc. If there are no white spots, no rub spots and if the dust pattern on her and the pad after use is even, the saddle is probably not the culprit.
So this leaves a hock issue and unfortunately a vet visit. The vet will likely palpate the back, palpate the legs and do a flexion test. If he finds nothing then she may have a kidney issue or something weird, but I would rule out limb pain by way if a vet visit so if that isn't what it is, the vet can diagnose it and suggest treatment for whatever is wrong.

If you are interested in doing a home test, try giving her 1g of bute orally an hour before riding and see if that helps her. That would be something also to tell the vet if it works or does not work.

Good luck!
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    10-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Thanks for the advice. If it is her hocks she wont be limping at all? She walks, trots, and canters very soundly as far as her legs go. Her 'tender spot' is along her lumbar vertebrea, not up along her withers, its is back further. I know that is where their kidneys sit, but she flinches away from me even when I brush her or use the rubber curry, even if I am being gentle.
    10-11-2012, 01:37 PM
She's likely equally lame in both lower hock joints then. It's called bone spavin. The bute would still help her discomfort if that is the issue.
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    10-11-2012, 02:08 PM
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Ask the vets but I would also look into a reputable equine chiropractor. They often have better results than most vets, who always want to percribe something.
My aunt had a stallion who injured himself on a fence and could not walk without limping. Vets gave him all sorts of medications and injections, none of which had any affect, nor could they see anything broken in his shoulder.
He was like this for a year before they finally shipped him to the chiropractor who had him fixed within 2 weeks.
    10-17-2012, 10:49 PM
I have looked into an equine massage therapist coming out to see her. I called the equine chiropractor and they said that its a law that I must have a vet referral to even have the chiropractor come see my mare. That going to be a vet bill plus more and I'm not made of money. I gave her two weeks rest and got her out this evening for some light walking and trotting. When I curry combed her she didn't react (usually she flinches away from it). When I tightened her cinch she only swished her tail but no kicking or biting like she usually does. She acted as if is hardly bothered her. If she is lame in the hocks wouldnt that be permanent? And if so, if 2 weeks of rest made her much better would it be another problem other than hock lameness?
    10-17-2012, 11:13 PM
This is a better picture of her. Her butt isnt that big, she's standing at an angle away from the camera, but you can see how her back sinks in and her belly hangs down

    10-18-2012, 01:36 AM
Rest would give her relief from arthritis pain in her hocks, yes.
It would not give her relief from chiropractic or "alignment" problems however...

I still think a vet is needed to diagnose where she is sore and recommend treatment. If she is better after rest, that is a fairly big indicator that there is arthritis pain in her somewhere and looking at her hock confirmation, that's a great place to start. Are her hocks puffy at all?
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