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    03-23-2011, 08:22 AM
Green Broke
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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    03-23-2011, 09:44 AM
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! :)
    03-23-2011, 09:55 PM
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.
    03-23-2011, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
Thanks, I think I will do carrot stretches today :)

Would massaging be okay as well?
    03-23-2011, 10:10 PM
Oh yes, If it doesn't bother him I don't see why not.
    03-24-2011, 09:09 AM
Green Broke
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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