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post #1 of 23 Old 02-19-2013, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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anxious on the down hill

My mare gets anxious going down hills.
Which is exhausting because we live in the mountains..so a lot of up and down.
I'm not sure if she's in pain, and if so, where??
I've been getting off to walk her down, just in case it is pain.

I have the chiro coming out to check her~ just wondering if anyone has had this issue come up in their riding.

Not sure if this plays a factor, but she's post-founder, barefoot, but in hoof boots.
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I don't know how fit she is, but if she's not properly muscled, she will have trouble coming straight down hills. Let her zig zag down if you can. I would check and make sure the hoof boots have sufficient traction. Her reaction migh be to her feeling like she is slipping.

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I don't know how fit she is, but if she's not properly muscled, she will have trouble coming straight down hills. Let her zig zag down if you can. I would check and make sure the hoof boots have sufficient traction. Her reaction migh be to her feeling like she is slipping.
I agree. Especially this time of year, with the wet ground. And if their is grass on the slope, even worse.

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My mare gets anxious going down hills.
Which is exhausting because we live in the mountains..so a lot of up and down.
I'm not sure if she's in pain, and if so, where??
I've been getting off to walk her down, just in case it is pain.

I have the chiro coming out to check her~ just wondering if anyone has had this issue come up in their riding.

Not sure if this plays a factor, but she's post-founder, barefoot, but in hoof boots.
Mine is the exact same way and is post founder. She hates comming down hills and constantly fights with me when I try to make her go down hill. But even if I watch her walk down hill when she is loose on the property she goes very slow and constantly zig zags.

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post #5 of 23 Old 02-19-2013, 11:53 PM
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we trained horses here with a good friend of mine a couple years ago, alot of horses want to race down the hills and will get anxious about it. We taught them vertical (LOL I mix the two up, might be lateral....up/down, not side to side) flexing, so when going down a hill you pull them in a bit, gently pull/release......I know it helped my mare and now she goes down so nicely any steep hill!

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I would bet it's discomfort from the founder, but there's also the saddle to consider. It could be the way it fits, when she goes downhill it digs into her somewhere.
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I'm going to say it's the fitness of the horse. When I first started really riding ST she'd throw a fit at the slightest down slope and then try to fly down when she figured out she was going to go where I pointed her. Just recently she hasn't thrown any fits and willingly goes down. She starts getting a little faster when she starts to slip, but I pull up on the reins and she'll slow down and move onto her butt a little better. Eventually she should figure out to sit her butt down without my guidance, but she needs a reminder for now.
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Balance of the rider, fitness of the horse, fit of the saddle, comfort of the feet, etc all play a part in going down hill. Do you have a crupper on the saddle so it does not slide forward?
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Thanks everyone!

Mare is in great shape. We ride 4-5 days a week.
Saddle fit isn't the problem. It is treeless, so it does wander down her neck.
I've been curious about a crooper. She does this when we don't have a saddle on too.
Hoof boots are fairly new.
I'm a balanced rider as I ride bareback frequently.

She'll get going on a pretty fast walk going down, which turns into a trot and I don't want to trot down hills.
As soon as the hill is done, she's totally fine.

I'll look into the vertical/lateral that was mentioned.

Does anyone think it could be spinal pain? Hip out?

Thanks for all the advice~ I really appreciate it.
We live in such mountainous area, I really don't want to have to get off and walk her down these canyons.
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could she have kissing spines?
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