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  • Haunches in- refuse to trot
  • Equine back pain, wont trot under saddle

 
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    02-18-2009, 02:28 PM
  #1
Foal
my horse won't trot...?

I've been riding him for a few months now. He's been to MANY shows, and he's about 12 years old and a great dressage horse. Never has he been like this, but now he won't trot, he won't respond to a whip, and when I use my legs and kick him or even nudge him he slows down and does haunches in. He's a hanoverian and very big, I just don't know how to get him to go, I've noticed that his back legs are weak and that could be the cause of the problem, but I'm out of ideas. I've tried everything, and the only thing that makes him walk faster is seeing a jump, he loves them.
     
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    02-18-2009, 02:58 PM
  #2
Yearling
This, I would love to see a video of............... could you be inadvertently pulling on the reins at the same time as asking him to move forward?

Also, what do mean his back legs are weak? Is he in discomfort?
     
    02-18-2009, 03:04 PM
  #3
Started
Dumb question, but have you had him checked for injury or pain? Also, does he trot on the lunge?
     
    02-18-2009, 03:20 PM
  #4
Started
This sounds like a physical issue. I would be getting the vet out, a chiropractor and a massage therapist as well.
     
    02-18-2009, 03:24 PM
  #5
mls
Trained
Hock issues with dressage horses are very common.

I'd highly recommend a vet good with lameness issues.
     
    02-18-2009, 04:00 PM
  #6
Trained
I would just go with a vet or chiro for now.
It definitely sounds like a physical problem not behavioral.
     
    02-18-2009, 04:24 PM
  #7
Foal
Well first, the reins aren't an issue, I keep a very light contact on them. He trots on the lunge. And he's not my horse, he's a lesson horse that I and my trainer-who is also his owner are the only ones to ride him. It would be her decision to get a chiropractor, which is expensive.

Although, in the last 2 years he has had problems with allergies where he scratches himself down to raw skin. He now gets a shot every month or so to prevent that. It's a shot of everything he's allergic to by the way.
     
    02-18-2009, 05:30 PM
  #8
Started
What does his trainer/owner say? Does she have the same problem?
     
    02-18-2009, 05:38 PM
  #9
Foal
Yes she has the same problem. She's just as confused as me, but she keeps telling me that it's him and that he's confused of some sort and that he's not very strong. I think it's something else though, because this thing that he does just happened over night, over a few months ago it's like he just decided one day that he won't work anymore.
     
    02-18-2009, 05:55 PM
  #10
Started
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.
     

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