I had a new student today who has a qh x appy who is having some issues. I've thought of a couple of things but I would like some more opinions if I could
Ill start at the beginning. He is 8 years old. Was only broken in by my student about 18 months ago. He was doing brilliantly at pony club and starting to jump really really well. He went through a barbed wire fence about 9 months ago and cut his leg pretty bad but not as bad as it could have been. It looks to have healed up well.
About 6 months ago, the girl got a job and until 3 weeks ago, hadnt ridden him for about 5 months. When she started riding him again, he was throwing his head around really bad. This was basically the reason she called me out as she thought it was bad behaviour and that he needed more training for herself and him.
We had our first lesson today and it was evident pretty quickly that he had some issues. In the walk he is fine. As soon as you ask him to trot, he starts throwing his head around so much that he gets all off balance and trips and stumbles.
First thing I did was take his drop nose band off and he seemed a little better. In the canter, he still did it but near as bad. I hopped on him for a little bit and my instincts say he is in pain somewhere but I don't think its tack related. Everything was fine in that area.
I stopped the riding there and suggested that we unsaddle and check him for any sore spots. He had no sensitivity along his backbone or hip area.
I've suggested to her that we discontinue lessons on this horse until she gets a chiropractor out which she is going to do.
Does anyone else have any ideas on a problem? I think I've put as much info as I can but im really tired and I may have skipped some things