What's wrong with my mare? (While waiting for the vet to come out)

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    01-06-2014, 08:15 PM
What's wrong with my mare? (While waiting for the vet to come out)

So a few weeks ago my 8 year old OTTB mare suddenly began being very irritable when going to the right. Whenever any pressure was applied to my right rein she will throw her head and stiffen up her back and fuss like crazy in discomfort. This started right before she was in heat, and is still continuing a week after. I think that she has a tooth on the right that needs looked at that may be cutting her and irritating her especially when the right rein is used, and someone else at the barn thinks that there is something wrong with her back. Since the weather is so bad here, I cannot get a vet out yet, and was just wondering if there were any ideas as to what could be wrong with her.
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    01-06-2014, 08:59 PM
I would guess that she probably has something out of whack and needs to see a chiropractor. Sounds like she's in pain, especially since it's only going to one side. If she's that irritated, I'd stop riding her until you get it all figured out.
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    01-07-2014, 12:54 PM
Is it only when you pull the right rein or is she fussy with the right in general? These posts frustrate me because only the owners really knows all the facts and sometimes we get uppity in what we reply/think. So please remember only posting guesses and it is persuaded by my own experiences. It could be something in her mouth, multiple reasons and the vet can check that. Also could be chiropractic, neck, back. If the vet can't figure it out I would try a chiropractor. Dang ponies so expensive to figure out! I gauranttee chiropractors are very legit and magic makers from personal experience. If you have the money they are definitely worth a try!
    01-07-2014, 01:08 PM
Is she sore to be touch along her flanks, right or left?
    01-07-2014, 04:26 PM
She's sore in her whithers due to arthritis???
    01-07-2014, 07:15 PM
She really only reacts when there is contact with the right rein, and doesn't seem to be upset going to the right in general... and nowhere on her body does she seem sore when touched. We are trying to get a vet out after this snow storm, and haven't been riding her while we wait, but I'm just looking for some ideas!
    01-07-2014, 07:38 PM
I think because it's only when you have contact on the right rein you are probably correct that there is something out of whack in her mouth. I'd get the vet out as soon as you can, but that's what makes most sense to me.
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    01-07-2014, 11:07 PM
If it's only when her reins are messed with I'd say a mouth problem. Hopefully you can get his resolved soon!
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    01-08-2014, 09:59 PM
Thanks for all of your help! I will probably post what it was when we figure out to see if we are right!

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