Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Injury or attitude?
I'm having a slight issue with Jynxy and I'm a tad bit confused. I could potentially get videos to help illustrate the problem.
Last week, we were having a good ride, she was going fantastic. We were working on her left lead which is always an enormous pain and lately she's gotten a little crazy at the canter - she anticipates me asking and really pushing her over with my leg and getting her to flex and immediately starts violently swinging her head to the outside to avoid my aids. I kept on her, got some bend, she picked up her left lead and promptly started crow hopping down the wall then slammed the brakes on. At this point, she turned into a DEMON. She would only walk, and any attempt to make her trot was met with progressively violent bucking in place. I laid into her a little, spun her nose to my knee and tried to get her to move out upon which she began trying to rear.
I hopped off, and threw her on the lunge - zero problems. No limping, no tightness, no bucking, she moved out at walk, trot and lope easily. I got back on her and the fight immediately began again - she was resisting walking, swishing her tail and kicking out. At one point, she kicked out and NAILED the arena wall. She managed to put my back out during these antics, so I asked Shay-la to jump on (we also stripped her tack and re-tacked her to check for any issues). We both immediately noticed she wasn't stepping out correctly with her right leg - not so much a limp as she just wasn't striding out fully on it. At this point, she doesn't even want to walk anymore. So we cooled her out, it appeared to be muscular so I massaged her shoulders and legs down with liniment and hoped for the best.
It's been a week now and the stablehands have reported she's constantly running and bucking around the arena with zero problems. I tacked her up, put her on the lunge and she went a little loco bucking and bolting. I got her calmed down, she was moving out nicely at trot and lope, with no sight of lameness. I jumped on, and she seemed fine - walked out fluidly, no resistance. We moved up into a trot with zero problems - no lameness, free and easy, moving out nicely and eagerly. After while, I asked for the canter - and immediately she launched into a crow hop fit down the wall, slammed on the brakes and REFUSES to trot without swishing her tail and bucking. She was walking out free and easy still, but any attempt to put leg on or encourage a faster gait was met with total resistance. I jumped off, and trotted her out in hand and it appears she's not moving correctly with her right leg again.
Sorry for the novel! Any suggestions? I'm leery to call the vet at this point, as this horse spends the better part of her day playing like she's 6 months old with NO issues. Is she somehow "faking" me out? Has she become SO annoyed with our canter work she's just shutting down? I just don't understand how she could be completely fine for half an hour and the SECOND I ask for a lope, she totally shuts down and begins acting out. Should I just give her a few weeks off? Should I keep working her on the lunge to keep her exercised and hopefully calmed down a bit so she's not going rodeo constantly and re-injuring herself?
Thanks for anyone who got through that!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.