Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Is he doing anything out of character?? the reason i knew my horse has a sore back was because it was extreamly hard for me to get him to pick up the right lead. and that was odd for him. But I had had other people ride him and people watch me and nobody else picked up any videos that he was sore. so i had to use my own instinct and knowlege of my horse to decide if he was just being testy or if there was an issue. Lucky i chose the later because he had a very sore back and VERY tight bum muscles. we're now 3 months into back healing *sigh* eventually he'll be fit as a fiddle. Anyways, sorry i didnt mean to ramble about my horse. I just told that story because if your horse is sore he can be hiding it VERY well, and may only be showing the slightest indicator that he is sore.
If your sure he is not sore, then I second what loveleighlady said about having someone watch you ride. They may beable to see little things that may be harder to catch while in the saddle. or watch someone else ride your horse since you know how your horse usually moves, responds etc. that way you can also see if he responds any diffrently with a diffrent rider on his back.
Also try strengthing your cues? I have known a few horses who were just lazy and needed to be pushed for everything. squeeze,bump,kick,crop.
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