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post #1 of 7 Old 04-03-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!

So here's the deal: my sister has a horse that she is trying to get rid of. He is fairly unpredicatable, but lately he has gotten much worse. In the past few days he has taken off with one rider and jumped an oxer backwards, and then today, within the first few steps the horse took with a rider, he bucked the woman off. There appears to be no reason as to why he would do this. My trainer says that pain isn't a factor in the problem, but we don't have a clue what could be causing it other than that. The horse appears scared to death, but has had nothing traumatic happen in his life time. When we first got him about two years ago, there were NO problems. Months later, he started taking off once in a blue moon, and now recently, it's been happening quite frequently...

Do ya'll have any ideas? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-03-2011, 09:16 PM
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How does your trainer know pain isn't a factor, have you had a vet out? If he keeps getting worse my first thought would be pain. I would stop attempting to ride him until you figure out what the problem is. If it is pain you could be making it worse by trying to ride him. Is he aggressive on the ground, cinchy at all? If it isn't pain, i would recommend teaching him to supple (flex his head to the side) so he cant bolt. If he hasn't been taught to already, teach it on the ground first, do NOT try teaching it while your already on him. But i really do recommend a vet examine just to rule out pain.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-04-2011, 01:09 PM
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I'd also get his eyes checked.

Is this trainer putting rides on him? After getting his eyes checked I'd have a a good trainer get on him and see if it's a training issue.
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Horse needs a thorough exam by a vet and chiro.

I too do not see how the trainer could know it is not a pain issue.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-04-2011, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Not entirely sure of the whole situation as this isn't my horse, but we trust what the trainer says. Last month the vet was out for teeth and check-ups, and the trainer gives him frequent rides so she knows the horse. So far, he hasn't done it with her, but it's another story with others. He goes weeks, even months with no problem whatsoever, and then you'll get a ride where he seems out of his mind. I personally rode him a few weeks ago and didn't notice anything out of place, his ground manners are fantastic, but then again, what do I know?

Can you think of anything else other than pain that could be causing it? Thanks, I really appreciate it!
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-04-2011, 10:51 PM
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A trainer, no matter how expert, is no substitute for a vet or osteopath.
Once you have ruled out, with the help of an equine vet, that pain definitely ISN'T the issue, then you can start to work through the list of other things which could be wrong.

I would, as a minimum, have the following checked out:

1) back
2) neck
3) teeth
4) tack (especially saddle)
5) eyesight

I would also ask for a complete set of bloodwork to be done.

If the tests for ALL of the above come back as 100% negative, you can rethink. But I am willing to bet that it is one of the above.

BUT..... A horse displaying such behaviour as you have described is trying to tell you something. You need to ask him the right questions in order to find out the answers. It's not easy at all...
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Thanks for your help!
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