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post #1 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Sore Back Muscle..? Help!

My mare is usually never crabby and you can't ever really tell if she's in heat. Yesterday I went to get on bareback and when I put my hands on her butt and shoulder and tried to hop on she turned to bite me, so I got down and felt along her back and all the way right along the muscles runni g the length of her back seemed a little sore (when I put pressure on it she throws her head up, pins her ears a little and flares her nostrils). My friend suggested she was in heat but as I said earlier she isn't moody when she's in heat. Also when I rode her a couple days ago my friend said she had a slight limp in her back leg (don't remember which one), but her hoof didn't have anything unusual (no rocks/heat/thrush). Anybody have a suggestion on what her issue is? I don't ride heavily at all, we only walk and trot for short periods of time.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 12:13 AM
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Does she have access to an open pasture? If yes, she might have took a misstep while having a little fun out in the pasture. And is she still limping now? A sore back will go away on it's own with rest. No riding. Rest is one of the best healers for this type of soreness.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 04:34 AM
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Yeah, she could have hurt herself more, needing treatment, but may have just pulled something & will improve with rest. If it continues for more than a week without obvious improvement, or she seems in real pain when unridden, I'd consider a vet/chiro or such.
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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She didn't seem to be limping to me, but when I was riding her a couple days ago (when she looked like she was limping) she crow hopped, when I asked her to trot, which she has never done and seemed hesitant to move forward. She also had a running spree on the lunge line (then around the farm) so she could have hurt herself somewhere doing that too. I'm going to see her today and I will check her out again.
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Have her checked by a equine chiropractor. If that turns up nothing, then also have her checked by your vet.

She may have a back issue that is causing her tenderness, and possibly the leg issue too.

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post #6 of 18 Old 10-13-2013, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Okay. Thanks!
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Could have torn muscles, which would account for this too.

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post #8 of 18 Old 10-25-2013, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, so I gave her a nice break from working, and yesterday I jumped on bareback and she acted like she was very uncomfortable (feeling like she was going to bolt and buck, doing a very flighty trot that felt like one of those "get off of me" trots, putting her head up, etc.). She didn't mind it when I was just sitting there (she wa eating and her head was down if that makes a difference in anythig about her muscles), but when I asked her to walk on, she threw her head way up and walked, and then started doing the things I listed she was doing. She was listening to me and obeying what I asked, but it just didn't feel right because she normally very laid back and will do anythig I ask.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-25-2013, 10:18 AM
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How is your seat when you ride her bareback? Is there a reason why you don't use a saddle on her? It could be your not sitting firmly on her, if you slide or move around, you could be inadvertently hurting her back.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-25-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have a great seat, I don't slide or move or bounce around like crazy. I didn't ride with a saddle because I didn't plan on riding that day and just hopped on in a halter bareback to see how she was. And last time I rode with a saddle she bucked, which she has never done prior to her acting like she's hurt. Could it be that she's sad or bored? She doesn't have as much room as she should where she is now, and only gets grass when I let her graze, so I think she could just be sad and moody from being cooped up a bit. She is getting moved somewhere where there's more space, so when she gets there I'm going to give her a while to adjust and maybe become happier (if you guys think that could be the case possibly).
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