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post #1 of 16 Old 08-06-2009, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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i NEED help...

i know this may not sound serious but my friend has tried everything for her horse, she's had her teeth done, her saddle re-stuffed and also had a new tree for it, she's had the back specialist out to her, she's been checked over by the vet and nothing has seemed to work. Coco (the horse) is a 14 year old, belgiun warmblood. Her owner and I are struggling to ride her as she puts her ears back, swishes her tail, arches her back, throws her head in the air and sometimes holds her head to your foot as if there is pain. Obviously Coco cannot tell us if there is any mental or physical pain so we were thinking about getting a horse whisperer in to help, do you think that its worth it?
(She may not like working at home and we are going to try her down the indoor school near us and try hacking out on saturday)
Coco had an operation 6 months ago and had her left vocal cord removed but I cannot see how this is causing the problem.
I will keep you informed, but please give me advice or help in any possible way. We've tried everything, theres little left to do!
Thankyou x
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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hasn't anyone got any adive what so ever?


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post #3 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 07:21 AM
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If you've had the vet out and nothing was found, Do you have another saddle you can borrow and try out? I really don't know.Just throwing ideals to you.

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 07:33 AM
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#1 Tack problems: try changing saddles or riding without the bit, or ride bareback to see how he reacts.

#2 He's smart enough to learn if he behaves like that he's off work. So why not to practice it?

#3 Some health problems vet couldn't catch
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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#1 Tack problems: try changing saddles or riding without the bit, or ride bareback to see how he reacts.

#2 He's smart enough to learn if he behaves like that he's off work. So why not to practice it?

#3 Some health problems vet couldn't catch

We've tried her riding bareback and without a bridle at the same time , she's fine on the left rein but bad on the right rein,
As I said we've had her saddle done and we're hopefully trying it tommorow. She's been off work due to an operation and because her owner is slowly losing her confidence I still ride her (well I did and then realised obviously this isn't the horses temperament and noticed it had to be due to pain because coco is such a gentle, well mannered horse she does whatever anyone asks her) and lunge her (shes fine with no pressure on her back) , the vet said see how she goes.. thank you thoughh x
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If you've had the vet out and nothing was found, Do you have another saddle you can borrow and try out? I really don't know.Just throwing ideals to you.

We've had her saddle re stuffed x
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 05:58 PM
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What was the reason for the surgery/removal of the vocal cord?
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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When I was lunging her today , I noticed she doesn't like it when pressure is put on her back. I have known coco 2 years now and all the time while I was getting to know her, her owner always chucked me on her bareback and she would allow me to, but only me. I do alot of work with her (natural horsemanship, lunging, riding(when she could be rode) and grooming, and just spending time with her ect..) but now its just like she has a really sore back. The vet said she has muscle wastage on her back (due to lack of work because of her operation) so we need to get the muscle back into her back.

I will keep in touch please keep sending advice in, Thank you x
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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What was the reason for the surgery/removal of the vocal cord?

She had a flap of skin like flapping in her throat, this made it hard for her to breath when she was being exercised. She used to make a really horrible sound. But this has nothing to do with her riding and we know that for sure x
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 07:19 PM
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You mean she was roaring? Then I'm pretty sure they would have just removed the flap of skin (of course I forget what it's called - phalanyx?)
Anyways, have you had a chiropractor out? A massage therapist? I would drop your current vet and get a vet that won't rest until whatever is wrong is found.
Have you done x-rays? Ultrasounds? Have you ruled out any digestive problems?
Are you warming her up before riding? (Groundwork, lunging, etc to rule out just having a cold back?)


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