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        04-03-2013, 11:26 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    They shouldn't lose weight after a float, they should gain weight, they can utilize the food better. Sounds very odd. Sorry, I have no answers for you.

    Well thank you for the help! :)
         
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        04-03-2013, 11:30 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    you can always use a sidepull for a while to see if the lack of a bit makes her more relaxed.

    Also, when you do put a feel on the rein , to ask for a lateral flexion, don't release just because she throws her head. Keep the pressure on and wait until she gives you a little of what you are asking for. If your reward with a release when you see her getting upset and flinging her head, you are essentially training her to do that. Keep in there until she makes a different choice and reward THAT!

    Thanks so much for the help! She has gotten worse as far as putting the bit in her mouth (lots of head throwing) but under saddle she has been a lot better. I have tried using a sidepull but her issue with that was she wouldnt really listen to it. I've found that the more routine I do (i.e. Spending every day practicing transitions, stops, backing) the worse she is. She gets bored very easily. But I will practice more lateral flexion with her and see how she does. :)
         
        04-03-2013, 05:23 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Check mouth to see if piece of tooth got stuck somewhere when floating, or maybe cheek was cut? And could have broken too also at root?

    Also, if you have good nose? Smell her breath to see if you pick up signs of rotting food?

    Instruments may have gouged soft palate too.

    Floating can sometimes cause problems that weren't there beforehand.

    Also....

    Is the bridle fitting her well? Do you use care when putting it on? Do you hit her teeth when you bridle? Eyes? Drag over ears and hurt her?
    Has she got ticks in ears? Is bit fitting her well?
         
        04-03-2013, 11:06 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Palomine    
    Check mouth to see if piece of tooth got stuck somewhere when floating, or maybe cheek was cut? And could have broken too also at root?

    Also, if you have good nose? Smell her breath to see if you pick up signs of rotting food?

    Instruments may have gouged soft palate too.

    Floating can sometimes cause problems that weren't there beforehand.

    Also....

    Is the bridle fitting her well? Do you use care when putting it on? Do you hit her teeth when you bridle? Eyes? Drag over ears and hurt her?
    Has she got ticks in ears? Is bit fitting her well?

    I use as much care as possible when bridling. I think we will have the vet out soon if the problems persist. I have a feeling the ulcers in her mouth didn't heal up like the vet said they would. I don't think it's as serious as her soft palate being gouged but I could be wrong. Thanks for your help and I will keep you updated
         
        04-10-2014, 04:56 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Just an update, far overdue. I thought I would tell the outcome of our story in case someone else has similar problems, I though this might help. My mare did not stop losing weight, and in August of 2013 we moved barns. Immediately after be de-wormed, she gained weight dramatically. De-worming was included in the board at the old barn, I am guessing someone either forgot to de worm her, or the de-wormer didn't get all of the worms. It could also be the change in grain and hay at the new barn. In any case, she got her weight back up, and was in perfect condition. Sadly, her arthritis worsened, to the point that our vet was skeptical of a life free of pain, so she was euthanized in December. Thanks for reading and I hope this helped someone.
         

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