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post #1 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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I really need some advice

So Smoke got his teeth fixed and everything is fine. His mouth is now beautiful inside and out. The next time I go to ride him, he bolts and I fall off. Alright then, so today I saddle him up, take him out on the lunge line and in less than a minute he is bolting, freaking out and bucking. I have never seen him buck with a saddle on his back without reason. The only time was when we put a rear cinch strap on him, and he got scared out of his mind. Yes he will buck when we lunge, but never with a saddle on. It could be because I usually lunge him without a saddle first, but I still don't think so. After a few minutes I stopped him and noticed that he was holding his left hind leg up, you know how they usually shift their weight, but his leg was shaking. I kept watching him and making him walk, each time he stopped he would favor that same leg and it would shake. When he walks, though, I don't notice a limp. I may just not have a good eye for it, but at the very least it isn't a hard limp.
I stopped the lunging session right there and walked him home. It took us about two minutes to walk home. Once there I tied him to remove his saddle, and he was no longer favoring that leg, and it wasn't shaking anymore. In fact he was leaning on it and resting his other leg. Do you have any idea what is going on? Will a horse with a sore rear leg buck and bolt? In a way it doesn't make sense, but I guess how else would they react if you were causing them pain... I have the vet coming out again, but he can't get here until Monday. He has to run a coggins on Lera, so he'll be here anyway. I want to know if this is something I should bring to his attention. He is an expensive, but good vet, and I'll need to be prepared.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:08 PM
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I can't offer a huge amount of advice, other than I would certainly mention it to the vet. As far as not being able to see the limp at a walk, to my knowledge it takes a SEVERE limp to be apparent at a walk. Watch him in the field, lunge him at a trot, try and get him to make a few sharp turns in both directions and see if he favors it at all.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I can't offer a huge amount of advice, other than I would certainly mention it to the vet. As far as not being able to see the limp at a walk, to my knowledge it takes a SEVERE limp to be apparent at a walk. Watch him in the field, lunge him at a trot, try and get him to make a few sharp turns in both directions and see if he favors it at all.
I couldn't see anything strange at the trot either, because I did check for that. I did call the vet too and let him know what was going on, but I'll have to wait for him to call me back.
I just don't understand. I know my horse, and this just isn't normal. If I don't figure out what the problem is soon, I'm going to be afraid to work with him.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:38 PM
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Will a horse with a sore rear leg buck and bolt?
I've never seen one that did...they tend to not want to move around much when they're really hurting.

Have you felt and squeezed the leg top to bottom to see if a particular area gets a pain reaction?

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have tried messing with his legs, but neither seem to bother him more than the other, and his hooves appear to be fine.

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 05:28 PM
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can you get us pictures of your saddle on him with no pad both cinched and uncinched??

From front back and side as straight onto the saddle as you can ....

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