Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Clacton, Essex UK.
Ridden rearing problem, in new rehabbed ex racer tb mare...!
I've recently bought home a new tb mare, who is a ex racer but was only in racing for a year or maybe less, she raced as a 2 year old, start 3 races and lost them all so was retired, and put in to rehab... after she came out of rehab she when to her previous owners (the people I got her from) and has been known to be sensitive about the amount of weight on her back when ridden, she also use to jig when being mounting so the previous owners sent her to rehab for a second time, and she was "cured" of her jigging issues, and was sent back to her owners, since then she has had mounting issues so was sent to rehab for a third time, as they wanted to sell Maisie so they could buy there children and lead rein pony, so she was sent to a rehab/selling yard for 10 weeks, and they told the owner that she was "cured" of her mounting problems.
At this point I came to see her, as I wanted to swap my little 11.3h lead rein pony (who i'd broken in and trained for the last year and half) and wanted something bigger, as i'm 5'5" and a fairly experienced rider, So Maisie being a 15h retrained tb seemed to be a good swap.
I when to try her at this selling yard, and she was as good as gold... she was fine getting on and off, and being ridden. So I agreed to swap.
Since then i've bought her home I gave her a day and a bit to settle before I when near her really, on the ground she was the most lovely horse ever... I put her in the school and walked her around and lunged her a bit and she was really quite and calm. I then called my friend (who also owns a ex racer) to come hold her whilst I got on... I'm use to getting on young horses, so didn't dwell, got on using a mounting block, as soon as my feet put pressure on BOTH stirrups, she hallowed away from the pressure and reared straight up (i'm not talking bunny hop i'm talking stood on her back legs) and it was lucky that my friend was holding her because I think she would've flipped her self over... she then bolted away from my weight and left me nursing a badly bruised back and bum on the school floor. (after 3 and half hours in the hospital the doctor said there was nothing to worry about...!)
I'm not sure where to check first, because I think it could back problem or a tack problem....
I'm also not sure where I stand with the previous owners because they said she was a safe ride, but need a experienced rider to ride her to her full potential.... but she clearly isn't safe because if that had been in a field, or on the road I could be hospital with a broken back.... and because of her reaction to my weight i'm worried that they may have been riding her on pain killers and made the problem worse! Because she was completely fine when I rode her at the viewing...!
I'm very worried about Maisie, because I feel awful if she does have a back problem, because I know I wouldn't want someone jumping on me when I have a bad back!
I'm also worried about her future, as if I can't find out whats wrong with her I can't keep her, as it is my parents have already given me two weeks before they sell her a companion.... and I wouldn't want someone buying her and risk getting on a few months down the line and getting seriously hurt or worse :/
Any idea's what the problem could be? Has anyone had the same kind of problem with a ex racer...?
Maisie is a 5 year old, English TB 15h mare.