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    09-06-2010, 10:56 AM
Mare stiff in back legs

I started riding a new mare this summer who I am fixing up for barrel racing. She was leased for around 1 year by a little girl who could not handle her at all- she was always tense, sweaty, and scared when she had her. She stopped leasing her and so I began doing some stuff with her. I noticed when I had her in the round pen that she was pretty stiff everywhere, but I figured she'd loosen up with some more exersize. Now, 2 months later, she is much more flexible everywhere except in her back legs. When I pick them up to clean her feet, they still feel stiff. She also keeps them fairly stiff while riding. I have been riding her almost every day for the past 2 months doing lots of walking, bending, jogging and some loping.

I sometimes hear some clicking in her back left, so I thought she may have some arthritis. She was also used as a cutting and was trained for barrels before the BO bought her. I have pushed along her back to see if she had some pain there, but she didn't react. She doesn't complain at all, she actually is very go-ey but she is the kind of horse who just wants to please you so could she maybe be hiding some pain? I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for what could be causing this or how I could get her to loosen up.
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    09-07-2010, 11:17 AM
Green Broke
I'd recommend pre- and post-ride stretches for her. You can buy horse stretching books and there are some online resources. You want to do stretches with her back legs to the back, pull to the front, and pull up/out to the side. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and stretch slowly. Some rump tucks might help too.

I would add 10g of MSM to her daily feed. MSM is a good anti-inflamatory that will help her loosen up some, and it's cheap to feed.

You might do some research on "tying up" to see if she fits the symptoms.
    09-07-2010, 11:53 AM
Sounds like hock issues. I would guess she likes to carry her head high?
    09-07-2010, 07:38 PM
L2R- thanks, I will look around for some stretch books!

Mls- yes, she carries her head high. Should I be talking to a vet about hock issues?
    09-08-2010, 04:36 PM
Green Broke
You can have x-rays done to determine if she has any arthritic changes in her hocks. If so, joint injections and/or feed through supplements may help her a lot.

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