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post #1 of 10 Old 02-01-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Withers - tight?

Ok, so had the chiro out to my horse today, I was unable to be there so my friend went instead. She says my horse is in fairly good order but has tight withers, says its not from my riding or my saddle and that it's old. I got the chiro out because I knew something was 'off'. Just feeling awkward. She suggested lots of long and low riding with plenty of stretching out and moving out. Apparantly it's something that cannot be 'treated' either surgically or medicinally but requires a lot of stretching.

Has anyone dealt with this or could offer advice?

Also, my horse has a low wither and wide shoulders. He's six.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-01-2013, 04:40 PM
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Did he say if it was a muscular or skeletal problem? I would call out a holistic equine specialist, they could probably suggest some stretches, treatments (accupuncture, light therapy) or topicals that could help him!
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Actually I will be able to offer more when she sends me the report she made, I should get it tonight.
I'm so very glad it's got nothing to do with my saddle or my riding!!!
I would like to help him stretch that area out slowly though:(
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I'd call a good equine massage therapist out to help...they can help warm and "loosen" the muscle, and give tips on getting it stretched if that is indeed what it needs.

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I'd call a good equine massage therapist out to help...they can help warm and "loosen" the muscle, and give tips on getting it stretched if that is indeed what it needs.
Yes I was for sure considering that! He's had massage before, I didn't notice a huge difference, but I'm sure he enjoyed it. I was considering getting at it myself, since I think this will be a long term consideration in caring for him, and massage adds up after a while. I will probably have the masseur come out and treat him and learn a bit from her as to what's effective overall.

Can anyone recommend a linament that's really good for warming and or cooling that is recommended to using on horses during rub downs and massages?
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I like Absorbine :) But I think you should just give him to me :):)
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Yeah and he's such a good sport! He does everything so willingly with such a nice attitude! He's happy in his work, so it's so easy to pick up if something is 'off'.
My plan is to ride him gently long and low, and I'm moving him next week so he will have loads of turn out. I'm thinking the turn out is half the problem. I will be pleased to give him a more horse friendly home
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Yes I was for sure considering that! He's had massage before, I didn't notice a huge difference, but I'm sure he enjoyed it. I was considering getting at it myself, since I think this will be a long term consideration in caring for him, and massage adds up after a while. I will probably have the masseur come out and treat him and learn a bit from her as to what's effective overall.

Can anyone recommend a linament that's really good for warming and or a cooling that is recommended to using on horses during rub downs and massages?

I think having the massage therapist out and getting advice on how to continue his treatment is a good idea. Let them know your cost concerns, perhaps they can treat once a month after the initial couple treatments. Get them to show you some techniques to keep the area in therapy.

I personally don't use liniments during or after massage. After a workout maybe while the muscles are warm from working.
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Sore no more is also good! I use it on myself after rugby practice sometimes.
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I'd also vouch for Sore No More - bonus is that it doesn't test.

I would also suggest getting an RMT out, at least for a consultation and one treatment. If you find someone who also does active release they can show you points to put pressure on to help the horse release tension.

Good luck!
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