Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Touchy nerve in neck/withers... causing front knees to give out...?
My gelding has a... nerve, I guess, at his withers... It's not bothering, much, but like... when pressure is put on it, his front knees give out... The saddle doesn't bother it or anything, but the... nerve... is about six to eight inches along his withers/neck so it makes jumping on him bareback a little hard, because if I accidentally pull or put pressure on that area of his neck/withers his front legs give out at the knees and it takes him a moment to regain his balance. I rode him out of the pasture the other day with my younger cousins on our other horses and I had to jump on him after I opened and closed the pasture gate... according to my cousins, he was fine, then his legs gave out and it looked like we were going to completely fall, then he regained the 'use' of his legs and stumbled back up.
He's always had this 'touchy' nerve, my friend and I found it when he was a few months old... since I don't ride him bareback often, and it doesn't bother him with a saddle, I haven't paid it much attention, but I got curious...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)