DO you see anything wrong with my mare? she isnt being herself!

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    03-17-2011, 10:47 PM
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Exclamation DO you see anything wrong with my mare? she isnt being herself!

Please tell me if you see somthing that stick out to you, Iave been having tons of issues with her when riding and am tring to elimnate anything that I can!

Here is what I have done to help her:

* Got her teeth done
* Feet trimmed and new shoes
* New better jiont suppliment
* Bodywork/massage
* Time off (two full weeks)
* Checked all her tack with my trainer to make sure its all fitting
* Changed her scenery of work (been hacking her out on the trails and road 2-3 times a week)

None of this will help. Im up tp my neck in frustration and think I am about done trying new things before just having a complete melt down!!

Im putting her on some Magniesium to see if that helps, She has never beem this much of a pain in my rear! We are having to use a chain on her to bring her in and out, everyone has to walk 10 feet behind her nad be really careful around her legs and face.

She has never been beat, not lame but is a mare who will tell you when somthing isnt right, I just can't put our hands on it! I want her to feel good again but IDK how to help her!

Please if you have any suggustions, SPILL!
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    03-17-2011, 11:23 PM
Could you be a bit more specific in what exactly she is doing? It's a bit difficult to tell just by pictures, if she acts up specifically while riding a video would be helpful.
    03-17-2011, 11:26 PM
You already posted this, but I have to say your mare is absolutely stunning!!!
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    03-17-2011, 11:57 PM
I didn't notice anything in the pictures, but I can think of a few other things you can check.
- Have you ridden her bareback to make sure that tack fit isn't an issue?
- Has her feed changed recently? Is there more grain or spring grass in her diet? I don't know about your horse, but mine is wacko when she gets grain.
- Have you had her checked by a vet yet? They might find a source of pain that you couldn't have known about, such as ulcers.
- Is there anyone new handling your horse?
- Are there any new sources of stress in your horses life?

My horse recently had a similar problem so I know how you feel. What I learned, after a lot of trial and error, was that she had stomach ulcers. They caused her to be generally intolerant and angry which is very uncharacteristic for her. After treatment she was back to her normal self again and I was so relieved! If you want to do a test, try giving your horse free choice hay for a week or so and see if she improves. The vet can also do a gastroscopy but for us it wasn't necessary.

I hope this helped. Good luck!
    03-18-2011, 12:30 AM
Stomach ulcers! I think that is a distinct possibility.
    03-18-2011, 03:17 PM
Well as others have said hard to tell from you need to explain what type of "issues" you are having.

But I did notice two it looks like she had dropped fetlocks in the first pic........and her rump looks tight?

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    03-18-2011, 05:13 PM
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Sometimes when it's a sudden change in personality like that there is a possibility that it could be a neuorogical thing such as WNV. It could also be something as simple as a need for a chiropractic adjustment.
    03-18-2011, 05:22 PM
She could have an ovarian cyst.
    03-18-2011, 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Stomach ulcers! I think that is a distinct possibility.
I agree with this. You didn't say what exactly is different, but ulcers will give you an instantly very grumpy horse. Especially when being saddled and when trotting or loping.
    03-18-2011, 06:54 PM
I noticed when you are describing what you have tried that you have not had a vet out. I would recommend having a vet out to do some basic flexion tests and a good physical.
We can't tell what is wrong with the mare from a picture or video - we can only give guesses based on our experiences.
Ulcers may be what is causing it - however you also need a vet to scope to see if this really is the issue.
WNV and other neurological disorders need dianosis by a vet.
To do a chiropractic adjustment, X-rays done by a vet should be (imho) required beforehand.
Ovarian cysts will need to be diagnosed by a vet.

So any way you slice the pie - you need a vet out for at least a diagnosis, and possibly treatment.

I believe that in any horse under higher stress than the body is naturally designed for (ie is a riding horse) is prone to osteoarthritis and joint disease. So to me it sounds like she is most likely developing osteoarthritis, and from looking at her pictures her legs are already not conformed "perfectly" and with riding and jumping she could be prone to OA. This is why I suggested the flexion tests - a good vet can tell from a simple flexion test/physical exam what is going on.

Good luck!

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