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post #1 of 10 Old 08-08-2013, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Neck problem?

Tuesday morning: my mare would not eat her hay. Stood virtually still looking at me, then the hay, then me, then hay. Weird.... Pick up the hay and put it near her mouth - she chows down. Grain has to be lifted up for her to eat too (we usually feed in a feed bowl on the ground). She's put out to pasture and within an hour she's moving around and grazing just fine.
That night: no problems, lowers head to ground to eat.
Wednesday: nothing unusual.
This morning: will not lower her head to the ground again. She was shaking some too (?) Eats her hay out of a hanging bucket. I hold the feed bowl about chest length and she eats, however slow and under protest because we've added bute. Out to pasture - within an hour back to normal.
I'm really puzzled.
Now, she does stall next to a filly that no one likes and I've seen her strike at her with her head. Could she have hurt her neck? She's going to see an equine spine specialist in a couple of weeks for a lameness mystery that's been present without these symptoms for a very long time, but I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar issue?
My MIL is the barn owner and when I mentioned chiro today she visibly cringed... (((Sigh)))
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-08-2013, 08:52 PM
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I would have some xrays done ASAP. I wouldn't wait a couple of weeks.
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I would get the chiro out. My friends horse had the same type issue going on he got spooked and pulled back and fell. He was not eating well, acted like chewing caused him pain and was just not right. His TMJ, atlas, poll, and sternum were all out as soon as he was adjusted he began to lick his lips, chew and we could tell he felt so much better.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-08-2013, 10:12 PM
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Chiros do help alignment issues. If you get a good one.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-09-2013, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Update: no symptoms today.
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-23-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Update: finally had a chiro out today. I had a little trouble finding one in my area, but he was worth the wait. He confirmed she had BIG poll problems as well as a few other problems. I can't wait to see how she improves :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-23-2013, 10:05 PM
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I hope she improves!

It took me a while to find a good chiro for my guy, and it was definitely worth it. Mine had ribs out that had been making him sore; the chiro guessed he'd been outta whack for a year or so :/

A horse at my stable today had some issues lowering his head too, so I wonder if he got something out of place doing something stupid..
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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Hope your girl feels better!!what did the chiro find was troubling her?? I have use Chiro on my horses,found it helpful.Love your horses dapples BTW.My one grey is just starting to dapple out more now,maybe look like yours next year
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-24-2013, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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She needed adjusting in her pelvis, right shoulder, poll, atlas and TMJ (!) I seriously think that was money well spent. I have never seen her so relaxed. Today, for the first time since I have owned her, she acted like the young 8 year old that she is. Nothing like the rigid horse I usually see in the morning
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-24-2013, 04:24 PM
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Chiropractors are definitely worth the money!! My 25 yo was running around the pasture the next day like a youngin again :)
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