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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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stiff neck

ok so I have a 7 year gelding that I use for jumping but lately his neck has been really stiff. Actually I would say its all of hime. Whenever I ride him around the arena he's bent to the outside and I can't get him to bend to the inside. I've tried to do alot of circles and use alot of inside leg but its not helping much. So does anyone have any ideas for me?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 10:15 AM
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My first thing I would do would be to get a vet to check him and make sure everything is ok, and then maybe even an equine chiropractor....

Also, try a bunch of flexing and softening exercises both laterally and vertically.... that should help some. If you need me to explain more just say so or PM me
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Assuming there are no health problems to be concerned about you need to think about the fact that all horses have a side that is easier and softer for them. That means that they are going to be a lot more stiff and sometimes more difficult to ride on that lead and side as well.

Ground work works well, lateral work, circles. Make sure you bent him around your leg while using the proper aids.

It sounds that in your situation it might be a good idea to get a trainer to help you, help him carry himself better so he can soften in your hand and bend more. Would that be an option for you?
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I agree with Mlkarel. Since it sounds like he's only been stiff lately, it seems like it's probably a physical issue.
Once you get him on the road to recovery, the lateral and vertical flexion exercises could help rehabilitate him. I wouldn't necessarily do those now as they could make the problem worse if he is in fact injured.
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possibly have a massage therapist look at him... they work wonders.

But other wise, in the walk start flexing his neck to the inside. Do it two or three times in a row and then see if he'll soften on his own. If he gets stiff, do it again. Do it in the walk until he relaxes, then up to trot and do the same.

I have a TB that gets nervous about the hammock outside the ring... and the rolltop... and the barrels at the other end... and the fact that he got in trouble for spooking at everything else... so this exercise works well for him :)

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Assuming there are no health problems to be concerned about you need to think about the fact that all horses have a side that is easier and softer for them. That means that they are going to be a lot more stiff and sometimes more difficult to ride on that lead and side as well.

Ground work works well, lateral work, circles. Make sure you bent him around your leg while using the proper aids.

It sounds that in your situation it might be a good idea to get a trainer to help you, help him carry himself better so he can soften in your hand and bend more. Would that be an option for you?
I would take him to a trainer, but I have had alot of bad experences in the past with trainers, and everyone that somebody refers me too is usually too expensive. My aunt used to help me but we don't get along anymore :/ but the groundwork sounds like it would be a good idea. As well as alot of cirlcles. I have been doing that mostly for 2 months and it seems to be helping now.
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try serpentines and circles to soften him up. Make sure your reigns arent preventing him from stretching and softening.
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