02-18-2009, 05:55 PM
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Horses rarely act out "just because" and if the behavior is not being corrected with traditional means like a whip or using your legs to move forward (within reason please!) then I'd definitely lean towards pain. My dressage/jumper will do this when his back is out and he needs a chiro. While yes it's somewhat "expensive" depending on the chiro, most I know are about $100 - $150, well worth it over the cost of having a lame horse where issues get worse rather than better.
Riding a horse when chiropractically out (as in the horse is refusing to move, showing obvious signs of stiffness and/or lameness) can cause even more pain and issues.
In addition to checking to see if the horse needs a chiro, there's also the potential for hock issues, saddle fit issues, and even issues arising from the allergies that are causing pain for whatever reason - perhaps under the saddle area? (not sure where the skin allergies are happening)
Regardless, I'd hate to hear that the horse was continued to be ridden in this situation as he's clearly saying "please don't make me trot, something hurts". Please consider getting a vet or someone well versed in horse soundness issues that can at least point you in the right direction.
If I was closer I'd be happy to come to your location and review the horse and make suggestions as to what was better - chiro, massage therapist, or vet - as all are great at resolving very different issues.