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        07-17-2013, 08:29 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Smrobs - My mum was observing me whilst I was riding, I said to her that something is wrong. She has only recently started doing this. It will be costly but I can't risk her having an injury of some sort..
    Saddlebag - I did this whilst on her, Twice. The girth was loose. I'll google that though!
         
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        07-17-2013, 08:33 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Welcome to the forum! I'm impressed with the time/patience/observations you're showing - at first I thought, "Oh yeah, the 'trying to get out of work routine'", and then later thought, "Oh no! Laminitis!" But if it were laminitis, you'd probably see her "pointing" on a regular basis.... Now, after reading your last post, I think she's been treated harshly in the past. ("Head shy, scared of water, and a chain link bit") I'm not an expert, but everything you describe gives me a feeling this poor girl was treated somewhat abusively. Even so, I would definitely have a vet come and give her a full examination to detect anything else going on. Keep up the good work, and the best of luck! :)
         
        07-17-2013, 08:38 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Northernstar - I'll have a chat with my mum about it. I live in the middle of nowhere and the only vets about are small animal vets. Equine vets are rare but I'll be on the lookout. She doesn't "point" at all in the paddock. She doesn't look at her stomach at all, or lean back like she does so that rules out anything like Colic and Laminitis. She was treated badly, and the woman who sold me her supposedly "rescued" her. That is if neglecting her in a field far from the house is rescuing her. She had no work done for over a year, when I got her, she was fine bar the bucking and rearing episodes. A couple of months later and she is being all silly. I have already made progress with her, I just hope that it is her trying to get out of work and nothing else. She is wary of whips but I prefer not to use them. Maybe it will just be an aid?

    But thank you!
         
        07-17-2013, 08:39 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Vet, good equine vet.

    That is place to start.

    Could be all sorts of things going on here, but without having her vetted you will not be able to figure it out.

    Broken ribs, cracked ribs, broken withers process, repro problems, list is long of possibilities.
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        07-17-2013, 08:45 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Finding a good equine vet out here will certainly prove to be a challenge. But I would honestly do anything for my cheeky mare.
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        07-17-2013, 09:45 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    You could try giving her a little slap with your hand on her rump. Might make her stop doing that.
         
        07-17-2013, 10:22 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    What kind of girth do you use?
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        07-20-2013, 06:27 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Ray MacDonald - I have tried, I don't carry a crop, so I slapped her a couple of times but to no avail, she didn't react or move forward!
    LovesMyDunnBoy - http://www.decathlon.fr/media/598/59...et_9905138.jpg
    That is my girth
         
        07-20-2013, 02:47 PM
      #19
    Started
    Crazy idea here but what if you put weight on the saddle (not necessarily another human but like a grain bag). That way she would have "rider" while you were on the ground to assess things. If could be that this mare is thinking that this is what is required if its a weight thing. If its a pain thing she would do it with the weight on the saddle. If she does not do it with the weight than you know its a behavioral thing.

    How does she react to pressure? Is she easy to move or harder to move? I heard of a horse that was taught to yeild to pressure on the ground so well that when the person finally mounted the horse the horse yeilded to the pressure (weight) and laid down. I am wondering if this mare is doing something similar.
         
        07-20-2013, 04:44 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Ha Ha!!! She is just straightening and sorting herself out under the girth.

    From your description it is more like she is stretching in front like a dog. The first thing you need to do is examine your girth. Make sure the side against her skin is smooth with no snags etc.

    If that is fine the next time you get her tacked up pick up each front foot and sretch the leg forward by the knee. This will straighten outbthe skin under the girth.

    If she still does it try putting a fleece girth cover over the girth and still stretch each foreleg in turn.
         

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