Hi, I'm new here and new to the world of horses but I have a questions to run by you all and would love any advice that you could give me. I have a 12 year old QH Gelding that my daughter rides and shows hunter jumper right now only in lower level flat classes. He's had some really crazy things happen to him in the 6 months that we've owned and boarded him at our trainers facility. Our trainer recommended that he ride in a Shambon during lessons with my 115lb daughter. He's ridden like that for 4 months now to supposedly help set his head. He cast in his stall one afternoon about 2 months ago and messed up his hind leg and we had to help him recover from that by following vets orders.
Does riding in a Shambon weaken or damage the horse? I've done some research and found 4 different references that specifically say not to ride in a shambon. It's only a longeing tool. After finding this out I asked that the shambon be removed and he has not been ridden in it anymore. But now when he's being ridden he acts like he really doesn't want to ride and kicks out at least twice while being ridden during lessons. He's only being ridden 3 to 4 days a week. I can't tell if he's hurting or just being lazy. The trainer says his hind end is weak. Any ideas as to where to start to help him regain strength in his back and hind end before I have to call the vet again?