Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
I don't want to be offensive but I would def. find another dentist. Didn't she use a speculum to prop the mouth open? I would NOT be letting her twitch my horses ear, not only is it painful for them but it can cause long lasting issues with her letting you touch her ears or anywhere near her poll area. It has probably given her a negative association with dental work as well. If you feel a twitch is necessary a nose twitch is better than the ear. She was sensitive so the dentist didn't mess with the left side. Sensitivity would be a huge indicator to me that the left side needs attention.
How old is your mare? I would be spending A LOT of time riding her away from her pasture mate. Being barn/buddy sour is not only a pain and annoying, if let go can cause you or her injury from trying to get back to her buddy. Ride her away from him. DO NOT let her turn back on her own. When you decide to turn back if she speeds up turn her back around again. Don't let her run home.
Being in season will definitely make her a bit more fussy, but not THAT much. It is possible she has a sore back, even if she hasn't done anything that you know of she could have just moved wrong.
I think you're right, the mouth issue seems to be causing quite an issue. If you think about it, depending on what her problem is every time you pick up on the reins you could be causing pain. I would get that seen to asap. However, it also seems like she is being quite a brat all around. If she moves when you try to mount, back her up to where she was in the first place and make her whoa. If she moves again, back her again. Be patient with her, but don't take ANY attitude.
You said it started when you went on your first hack, was this the first EVER or the first of the season?
You said today she tried to rear, you squeezed and she spun, did you go in the direction she wanted to go in? If so, you gave her exactly what she wanted and reinforced her being a brat to get her way.