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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Sore back, sensitivity or just flinchy?

A friend's horse has a spot on his back that may be sore but we're not sure. The best that I can explain it is that it's on one side of his back just before the point of the hip, near where the back of the panel of a saddle sits. When grooming him, he flinches a bit if you rub that spot but does not flinch if you press or even if you press and rub. He doesn't drop way down, more of a flinch. The saddle fits him well, he gets a sheepskin pad. He's going to be seen by a vet this week for vaccinations and in a couple of weeks for bodywork (we are both getting our horses body worked). So, it is something that will be brought up at both those visits. However in the meantime, if it does sound like a problem, I'd like to help my friend research things to check beforehand and in turn be able to present better info to the pros.
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Horses can get sciatica - worth looking up
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going to have to. No idea what that is! Heading to google!
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hmmm, if not a health issue it could just be a ticklish spot... is it only on the one side? Has it been like that for a while or is it a new development?
He could have been bit or tweaked it in turn out if its a recent thing. Sometimes when playing they can kind of knock a vertebrae out of whack and need a chiro just like we do!

Good thing to have checked out! It sounds like you have that part covered!

It will be interested to see what the vet etc says ;)

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It's one spot, not straight over the spine but to the side a bit. It's often a little flinch in grooming but definitely not the deep OMG THAT HURTS drop. Feels like a clench. I think it might just be a muscle that gets tired/sore. His gaits are not affected, no angry tail swishing or ear pinning. Even when he does the little flinch he's really good natured about it. Doesn't seem to affect his willingness to work. The clench happens only with a curry.
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Well the vet believes that it's just a muscle over exertion issue. Not exactly back sore from an injury or trauma, more like a little too much for too long. She's going to cut down on asking him to lift his back - I suggested using a timer and coming up with some method. The vet is a rider which I really like and recommended more stretching at the warmup. Specifically doing more slow, long and low (there's another term for it but it escapes me - forward and down?) and asking him to do poles and cavalettis while long and low in the warmup. She also recommended a mini break during work to do the same and to do the same during cool down. This is to encourage the muscle to stretch more and help build it up more gently. The vet does not believe it is serious based on the information we gave her and what she saw.

All made sense to me and seemed very reasonable!

On a side note, she said my horse had a beautiful topline! She also said my horse was sassy, LOL. I think I will also be doing the same exercises with my horse - can't hurt.
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Well the vet believes that it's just a muscle over exertion issue. Not exactly back sore from an injury or trauma, more like a little too much for too long. She's going to cut down on asking him to lift his back - I suggested using a timer and coming up with some method. The vet is a rider which I really like and recommended more stretching at the warmup. Specifically doing more slow, long and low (there's another term for it but it escapes me - forward and down?) and asking him to do poles and cavalettis while long and low in the warmup. She also recommended a mini break during work to do the same and to do the same during cool down. This is to encourage the muscle to stretch more and help build it up more gently. The vet does not believe it is serious based on the information we gave her and what she saw.

All made sense to me and seemed very reasonable!

On a side note, she said my horse had a beautiful topline! She also said my horse was sassy, LOL. I think I will also be doing the same exercises with my horse - can't hurt.
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Yes it does make sense. We all get pushed for time and I'm sure that does mean we don't always allow enough time for a warm up - even more important if the horses are standing in a stall for hours prior to work
Let us know how it progresses.
I do like to use a vet who has horses themself - and especially if they praise my horses!!!
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