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    08-11-2009, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
Unhappy Shoulders

I recently found out that my ponys shoulds are uneven. According to my vet and farrier. I didn't even know this was possible? But it makes sense he hates picking up the right lead and he HATES cantering. It takes alot to have him canter and when you do his ears are pinned the whole time. This also worries me because he was a jumping pony, what problems is this going to cause for him in the future? He is a great trail pony but lately doesn't want to climb steep hills. He is very reluctant. Im worried this is causing him pain. I ususally take him on very hard trails, but now he is refusing steep hills and steep drops. What do you think? I don't know what to do.
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    08-11-2009, 02:32 PM
Did your vet offer any solutions? Is this the 6 year old you have for sale? Did this just start to be a problem?
    08-11-2009, 02:42 PM
My barrel horse was like that. I had the chiro come out and she adjusted him once every 10 days and he was still getting out of whack. I got the farrier out and told him what he was doing and he shod him. The chiro came out the next day (4th visit) and he was good to go. I had this horse 3 yrs and finally got the right combo to get him to stay aligned, then sold him... lol

After you do what you can to get him fully aligned, then work on conditioning that side to make it stronger. I try to find chiro's that will make at least one follow up visit in with their fee.
    08-11-2009, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
Oh no this isn't Roman. This is my actuall pony. The vet said take it easy on him he is almost 10 now and the vet said he can develop arthritis in his shoulders very quickly from this. The farrier said that he can only do so much corrective shoeing, and he still wont be completely alligned. After I bought him back from the pony club in flordia last fall it was apparent he had disconfort running.
    08-11-2009, 04:18 PM
Get a chiro out to look at him. I know Ryle won't be happy, but I've never had much luck with vets and skeletal problems, unless the chiro IS a vet.

Talk to some friends and get one that comes highly recommended. 10 years old is not that old. I wouldn't be giving up hope just yet.
    08-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
Thanks. I don't plan on selling him...ever. He was my first pony. Im not givin him up again. So ill do what it takes to keep him out of pain.
    08-11-2009, 05:36 PM
If your having a chiro come out make sure he hasn't been given a pain killer for at least 24 hours so they can see how he moves.

Good luck, keep us posted.

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