Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Andalucia, Spain
• Horses: 0
Your Opinion Please - cold back or something else?
We have rescued pony who has been with us for 2 months now she was pretty poor when she came but with careful feeding, vitamins and lungeing she has come on in leaps and bounds, she is now fairly well covered and has a bit of muscle tone.
She is having vitamin E and selenium in her feed and we are massaging her back and croup muscles daily with an equine aloe vera gel.
She is a bit of an odd shape, very long in the back with a leg at each corner.
When we let her into the sand school she is full of life, galloping around, bucking and rolling and will follow you anywhere you go, if you jump a jump she jumps it after you, she is a real sweetie.
We have found a strange phenomenon with her, she is a little restless about having a saddle on (and we think she has had badly fitting tack in the past) but nothing you would be too concerned about and will lunge happily tacked up, if you then get on and ride her she is great, we have just started hacking out and doing a bit of slow hill work to strengthen her muscles, however if you tack her up and try to get on immediately her back legs buckle and it looks as though she is going to sit on the floor. This has happened twice and both times we have trotted her up and down, turned her in a few tight circles and then got on again and she is fine!
I have never had much experience with cold backed horses and I'm not sure this fits the bill, we live in the wilds of Spain and although we have access to a vet (who has looked her over and physically she seems fine) there is not much help around.
Anyone got any ideas on what this might be or what we can do to help her over it please, however if we have to lunge her before she is ridden for the rest of her days then that's what we'll do!?