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        02-26-2013, 09:47 AM
    Originally Posted by Catpeedontherug    
    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.
    This statement caught my eye. Your saddle wanders down her neck on the downhill? That's not good. I don't have any experience with treeless saddles, so I can't comment if this is normal, but I know it's a big no-no with a properly fitting saddle with a tree. That cannot be comfortable for her in anyway. No wonder she's rushing the hills. And she will remember that discomfort when you're on bareback and will continue to rush.

    I would definitely look into a crouper, but I'd question your saddle fit as well.
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        02-26-2013, 09:36 PM
    I had her massaged today.
    Masseuse found pain in her shoulders and hips.
    I rode her afterwards and we did a downhill with no problem at all.
    She moved out with ease and her head stayed low and cool.
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        02-27-2013, 07:32 AM
    Glad you found the problem. My friend's horse rushed down hills and her pelvis was out. It makes sense when you think about how they have to get on their hind end to balance down a hill.

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