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    02-25-2013, 11:40 PM
Horse Crookedness

Okay so "crookedness" is normally a rider error or training fault or something.

But, I have a horse who is fine one way, but disaster the other. I just had him chiroed and he a squillion problems (he was dumped on me). So we did that, he had a pinched nerve n his shoulders, sunken pelvis from a possible fall etc. plus his poll and shoulders being out. So he was cracked and what not and he was much happier, moved alot freer, even cantered around and rolled with his buddies. So im wondering if there is something else at play here, or if it will just take time.? Any recommendations would be great (this may also need to be in training, but it could be health?)

So he goes crooked traveling counter clockwise liek this;

But is fine the other way, willing even;

He is like this to ride aswell, but I do not ride him at the moment because of numerous issues he has.

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    02-25-2013, 11:46 PM
Continue with Chiro, but start excercising him on the straight. While the Chiro can put his skeletal system where it is supposed to sit, it won't stay there if the muscles are too weak to hold it in place. A great way of gently working muscle tone up evenly is to just go out on a trail ride, or just large rectangles. If you do circles, don't have him doing small circles, as if he isn't balanced the musles that aren't supposed to be working will work, whereas the ones you want to fix won't, and therefore won't get stronger.
Another option is possibly an equine massage therapist. Either way he looks very pretty and I wish you luck!
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    02-25-2013, 11:48 PM
Oh and I have a video;

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    02-25-2013, 11:51 PM
Huh. I wonder if he is stiff? I'm no expert or anything, but I wonder if rub downs would be beneficial. I like giving horsey massages, I just feel it gives me an opportunity to give something more for a horse and further reward their hard work.

That, and rub downs can help show if a horse is out still.

For instance, at the start of our rub downs, we take our fingers and rub down the withers to the croup. Dill is out, and gets light chiropractic work by my trainer (nothing serious as he isn't certified, he just knows the safer means, like popping necks and such). But as we get closer to his pelvis, he will sink his back to avoid the pain. And it is very noticable.
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    02-25-2013, 11:51 PM
Thanks JS! My horses are smack bang right in town, only trails is on the road, I can probably slink down a back road, I just worry if I fall off, he may bugger off and ill have a hard time catching him, and getting on haha.
    02-25-2013, 11:53 PM
By shoving his hindquaters away from you his is actually disengaging his hind end, therefore not working correctly. But you can tell that fairly obviously. Also in the canter stride he only picks up the outside lead while on the left rein, another indication that his muscle mass on that side is smaller than the right, until you build that muscle up he wont be picking up the left lead very well and it will be VERY choppy/bouncy!
What he was showing needs to be fixed with you in the saddle, continuing to lunge him will only further encourage the current habits he has.
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    02-25-2013, 11:53 PM
Deschutes, that's what Duke did aswell, he started sinking away right from his shoulders, the chiro pressed in the little dip behind his shoulder and his hole body twitched, like a constant vibration until he moved his finger. He popped his leg a couple times and pressed again, absolutely no movement, he pressed his pelvic(SI area) and he collapsed, popped his hind legs, and then nothing no reaction. That's why now im not sure what it actually is, he may just need a bit of work now to remind him its no longer troubling.
    02-25-2013, 11:55 PM

I don't normally lunge him JS, so that's a relief haha. That's his other side.
    02-25-2013, 11:56 PM
he may bugger off and ill have a hard time catching him, and getting on haha.
Same thing for me lol! No matter where I am my if my horse manages to get me off, he'll just start running as if to say, 'yes! I'm freeeee! Finally freeee!'
    02-25-2013, 11:57 PM
Yeah that side looks ten times better, and he isn't twisting his neck away to try and balance :) I still stand by what I said though, he is very pretty! Uh... I mean handsome ;)

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