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post #11 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 11:46 AM
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Sitting here on the couch thinking back to this weekend, he was shaking his head a bit too. It was quite hot. Sweat in his ears??? We use have used a hack on him for 2 years, and his teeth were floated in March, so I rule that out too. Was at the farrier 4 days ago. Not limping or favoring a leg/foot.
A horses teeth can change in a matter of a bite of hay or a bang on the fence.

The can chasers around here have dental and chiro checked if the horse goes from good to bad as fast as yours did.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-01-2011, 11:58 AM
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Is he on any joint supplements?
Perhaps he's starting to have a few aches and pains?
Especially if you are/were campaigning him every weekend.
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Is he on any joint supplements?
Perhaps he's starting to have a few aches and pains?
Especially if you are/were campaigning him every weekend.
Yes he is on joint supplement.

My gut tells me he is not in any pain or discomfort. It tells me he wants/needs a break. Right now, I do not plan to ride this week. just going to reinforce some ground work, possibly with the saddle on for some. Next week just go out and do some trails.

When we do go to the next show, I will probably do a few warm-ups and just walk into the arena, make a circle then get off and lead him out. Just to show him it's not always work.
I know not to expect overnight results.

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I would take Cherie's advice a step further and trailer him to another arena and do the slow work. That way he won't think that everytime he gets hauled, he's gotta run!
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I would take Cherie's advice a step further and trailer him to another arena and do the slow work. That way he won't think that everytime he gets hauled, he's gotta run!
Thought that too.
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Let us know how he progresses!!
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Yes, do keep us updated on how he is coming along. From the sound of it your horse is fortunate to have you taking care of him.
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A friend stopped by today and looked at Rocky. She said the same thing I thought. He does not appear to be out in his neck or back. He was a little bit out just in front of his hips. He has a little tender spot just behind the withers. He also has several fly bites on his back right where the the back of the saddle sits. I poked at many of them and he flinched at 2 or 3 of them.
So I guess this leads to a post in health forum, but is there an easy way to treat the bite bumps?
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So here is an update.
He got 5 days of nothing but being a horse. Then we saddled him up with a new pad and did ground work for about 15 or 20 minutes inside. Then he was led around the arena. Before leaving the arena, the saddle was loosened then went back to the barn. We did that for 2 days. For 2 or 3 of the next 6 days, trail riding ending with stopping at the arena gate and loosening the girth after standing still for 5 seconds or so, then led him back to the barn.
Today we had the chance to take the horses for a little trip. Trailered for an hour to a fairground. Got him out of the trailer and led him (no saddle) to the arena and just walked around for 5 minutes. then I saddled him up loosely and did the same. I finally cinched him up and got on. It helped that his barn buddy was with him. We walked around the arena and make-up pen for about 10 minutes then went and rode around the fairgrounds. We finished up by walking back to the arena gate to loosen every thing up before loading for home.
He bowed up a little when he was first saddled up today, but calmed down rather quickly.
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