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post #1 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Sore back, Advice

Buzz has gotten a sore back again, have called the chiro but he can't come down till Tues or later.

I was wondering is there anything I could do till then with Buzz?
I know riding is out of the question but what about lunging? or ground work?
Are carrot stretches still okay?

Also I was wanting some opinions on how people think he hurt it, I have a feeling it's from the weekend, but not to sure.
He will flinch away with pain when I press on it, the reason I found it was because I was giving him a scratch and he flinched when I reached that area.

I have attatched a pic of him from a couple of weeks ago, with an area circled, which I am pretty sure where he is sore.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 08:44 AM
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could have been saddle fit, slipping in the field, taking a funny step, anything really. you can longe him in long/loose side reins to help him stretch in BIG circles and i have found that helps and can make a big difference. the chiro sounds like your best bet and then stretching and trot work til then (not riding if he is that sore). and carrot stretches are great too - and tail stretches. good luck! :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 08:55 PM
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I personally would just let him rest in the pasture, with a quiet herd where he won't be chased until the chiro comes. Training/work will be very unpleasant and a bad experience if he is in pain.
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Thanks, I think I will do carrot stretches today :)

Would massaging be okay as well?
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 09:10 PM
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Oh yes, If it doesn't bother him I don't see why not.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-24-2011, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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okay, so his sore back isn't as sore as it was yesterday... I can now push down on it fairly hard and only then will he move away from pain.

I think I will keep stretching and who knows by Tues chiro may not need to come out
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