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    07-16-2010, 08:39 AM
Unhappy Crazy mare or in pain??

I have just recently been given an ex race horse mare, she's about 15.3 hands and I've had her for about 4-5 months. She's a beautiful mare to handle but when you put her under saddle and sit on her like you would in dressage (not in the racing stance) she starts to buck and pigroot. She's generally really good in the walk and trot but when you ask for a canter she starts to pigroot virtically. She has a dropped hip I have no idea what caused it but she had it when I got her. I think she may be in pain because of the hip which is causing her to buck. She has built up muscle in her body but in her rump area there seems to be no sign of muscle building up is that because of pain?? I don't want to give up on her as she's a lovely creature but if she's in pain would it be better to put her down? There is nothing I can do about the dropped hip as its somthing with the bone structure. If its not her hip causing this behaviour what else could it be?? Could it be just she's a moody mare that doesnt want to be worked?? If it is her hip is there anything I can do to help stop the pain without putting her to sleep?? Please help ill put up some pictures of her
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    07-16-2010, 08:51 AM
Beautiful horse BTW ... have you had a vet, dentist, and/or a chiropractor look at her or had your saddle fitted properly? Those is the first things I would do before making a determination as to her future. If she is in pain, that would certainly account for behavior like that.

Next thing I would want to know is what kind of training she has had since her racing days. If she hasn't been transitioned properly from racing to another discipline, that could also account for her behavior.

As for her non development of her rear, it can be attributed to many things but after the above has been addressed, then I would concentrate on collection so that she is working off her rear rather then her front end. It is typical of exracehorses to be unbalanced.

EDIT, do you know the history of the horse? How old is she? Did her last owner have the same problems? Did you see her being ridden before buying her?
    07-16-2010, 09:02 AM
Iv had a chiropractor look at her and she was out at the neck and back and someone has done bowen theraphy on her ( I think that's what its called?) she seemed more relaxed after the theraphy but is still pigrooting. After she came of the track she had a foal then they bought her back into work. Not racing work they tried with dressage training. I've never retrained an ex race horse but I have some people helping me out as I want to make sure im doing the job properly.. she hasnt raced for a good year or 2. I've also noticed when I ride her standing up in 2 point possition in a canter she seems alot more happier so could it just be a contribute of not being retrained properly before I got her and a bit of pain?? Is there any retraining hints I should know?? Im taking it really slowly with her so im not overloading her brain with alot of stuff all at once.

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