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post #1 of 4 Old 04-07-2007, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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so i recently started to lease this horse and he has some quirks. When i first mount him he seems to get tense in the back and neck and kind of scrunch up in the neck but then after a few walk steps he just relaxes and is normal. could he have back problems?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-07-2007, 08:35 PM
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Do you use a mounting block?

A lot of stress is put on a horse's withers when mounting from the ground. A block helps eliminate some of the twisting. What you describe is generally pretty normal - a lot of horses become a bit uncomfortable when being mounted. As long as the tension fades immediately and isn't persistent, I wouldn't worry.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-08-2007, 08:51 AM
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i think a massage therapist or chiropractor might be good to call.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-10-2007, 01:28 AM
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Yes, i think a chiropractor or even a vet could be given a call.
It could be something that could develop into something serious if not seen to. It could also just be a slightly pulled muscle that's bothering him. Has he always done this?

Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
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