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post #1 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Throws her hind legs to the SIDE over jumps??

So my friend and I were jumping tonight, and after a warmup, I took my mare over a small vertical (2'0") and she did fine. We went over a few times and all was well. Then we went to a line set at about 2'3" and when she went over those jumps she did something strange that she has NEVER done before...she kind of threw her hind legs to the side (out to the left) instead of picking them straight up so it's like she jumped straight with her front end and crooked with her hind!

We tried a couple times and same thing every time...went back to the 2'0" vertical and also did a small x and she was fine. She's not off/lame in her legs at all and is otherwise moving fine. My friend's horse went over the same line without issue, so I don't think it was the footing - plus, my mare and I went down that line yesterday without any problems!

Any idea what this could be? She has no other symptoms as far as fussiness/pinning ears, or anything like that. Just the strange new jumping position that just occurred today and only down that one line!

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post #2 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 08:51 PM
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I am sure its nothing to serious. All horses have an off day. This could have been hers. Mabe she bucked? Im not quite sure.

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post #3 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe...can something like this indicate back pain? I've never had an issue with her before, but she has had this annoying bump on her back lately...although it's been there for awhile and it was fine yesterday but who knows? It's just strange that she only did it over the 2'3" line, not the 2'0" and under jumps. (she has jumped over 2'3" before by the way, just to let everyone know)

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post #4 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 09:25 PM
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I would have the vet check her out to make sure she is sound. Pain or soreness could be an issue. I would do some lunging over jumps next time you go out to see if she is still doing this strange activity with her back legs. (Or free jump)

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post #5 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 09:47 PM
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Oddly Odd. Hmmmm - has she has Chrio work done?

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post #6 of 25 Old 03-20-2010, 10:03 PM
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was she rushing or unbalanced ?

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post #7 of 25 Old 03-21-2010, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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She has not had chiro work done, this is the first time she's EVER done anything like this -- and she was fine the day before with those same jumps/same footing Who knows, maybe she's sore from jumping the day before? The ground was kind of soft so perhaps it was harder for her to jump than normal? I'm just going to give her a few days off and not jump for awhile and see if that helps things. Maybe I'll even put some Sore No More on her back just in case!

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did you come into the jump straight? Did she get a good stride coming into the jump? Did she buck going over the jump?
Oscar's done that with me before if were not straight or if we've come in to close to the jump when he tries slide over it:P

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post #9 of 25 Old 03-21-2010, 02:46 PM
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My horse does that too if we're not straight. Maybe it was combo of that and her being a little silly now that the weather is getting nice again.

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Throwing the legs to the side is something that the horse does if for whatever reason they can't tuck their hind legs up tightly enough to clear the jump otherwise. It indicates one of two things: 1.) That the horse lacks the ability or scope cleanly. You'll see Grand Prix jumpers do this over a maximum height or maximum spread or 2.) something in the horse's conformation or soundness prevents them from folding their hind legs in the normal fashion.

Since you say this happened over 2' 3"; I'm going with #2. Posting photos or a video of her jumping would be a big help.
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