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post #1 of 5 Old 07-03-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Two questions..worried and tired horse maybe?? kinda long....

On June 29 There was a St. Judes ride. My mom and I both when on the 14 mile trail. It was beautiful.
Brisco has become my mane horse now - just so you know.
Well I can understand why he didn't want to be left behind or be separated form the other horses, but when we were almost done with the trail the horse went faster up the hill and my mom was behind me, trying to help her horse know that the water wasn't Godzilla.
Well as soon as the horses were out of his sight he started acting up. I was trying to stay with my mom because if Brisco left her horse's - Chocky- sight then he would act up and might buck or something. (He bucked one of our foreign exchange students off!) But Chocky is still green and still needs some work on riding away from the horses.
Anyways - I was trying to make him hold still or at least walk back towards my mom. Brisco just kept turning in circles, whinnying, and trying to go forward to catch up with the other horses. Brisco has never done this before - so I was wondering if maybe he was just nervous form a new trail and the horses leaving or if he was just being a pain and wanted his buddy's back. None of the horses he knew and we didn't know anyone there.

2.) After the trial ride, I let him cool down and then offered him water. He wouldn't take it. He worked himself harder than he needed too also - he was just drenched in sweat. My mom walked over to talk to someone with Chocky. I got down and tried letting Brisco know there was actually water there. He didn't take any. I got on him again and asked him forward towards my mom. He took a step with his front leg, then one with his hind. His hind right left like it almost gave in when he stepped on it. I let him rest a little more and asked him forward again. Again the same thing happened. I got off and checked his feet and nothing was there. Nothing on his leg was hurting when I touched it or picked it up. Do you think he was just tired or did he just work himself too hard and maybe pulled something?? I got off and led him and he walked like a snail. He did very good none-the-less and didn't freak out very many times, so I let him take his time walking.

So basically here are my questions:

1.) Was he nervous? Anxious? something else maybe?
2.) was it because he was tired? pulled something?

I checked on him the day after and he seemed pretty ok. Just his normal self. I didn't ride him though. I am most likely riding tomorrow.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-04-2013, 06:13 PM
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Well, if your horse was in a strange new place with his buddies, I can see why he wouldn't want them to leave him behind, particularly at the end of the ride when he knows he's almost back to the trailer. That's something only more trail experience will fix.

I wouldn't worry too much about the water. My friend's horse NEVER drinks water away from home. It drives her nuts but he never seems any worse off for it. I would compensate by sponging him down to cool him off from the outside if he won't do it from the inside. You might try adding something yummy to his water next time like a little apple juice to encourage him to drink.

The leg? Not sure without seeing it. 14 mile ride. I'm sure he was tired. He might have just tripped. He may have stepped on a rock and got himself a little bruise on his sole. Just keep an eye on the leg the next few days. Check for any signs of heat or swelling. Keep an ice boot on hand in case you do find swelling. Something like that will tell you sooner than later if it's a problem.

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Brisco only had Chocky - that was the only horse he knew. When we were separated from the horses during the middle of the trail he didn't do anything strange.

Thank you for the water tip!!

I went out today and he was walking just fine and dandy - so it isn't really an issue before. But it still is odd because he wasn't tripping, so I will take up your idea of stepping on a rock a little while before.

oh, and no, you weren't the only one stuck working today!!

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-04-2013, 06:34 PM
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oh, and no, you weren't the only one stuck working today!!
Good to know! I can't complain too much. I will have the country's largest fireworks show right outside my building later tonight.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-06-2013, 10:16 AM
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Horses do not have to "know" other horses to bond with them. They are herd animals, not part of a social set.

I've known horses to "meet horse" for first time during 30 minute trailer ride to show and spend the rest of the time on the grounds screaming for their new best friend.

And if your horse was not used to this long a day? Muscles more than likely were sore and he was worn out. They are living creatures, not machines and taking one that isn't used to this type of thing can cause problems for horse physically.

But what you experienced is normal for a horse that hasn't had many wet saddle blankets and one that is not used to being ridden by itself.
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