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post #101 of 152 Old 05-30-2014, 11:37 AM
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That sounds good - I think it might take him a while to learn to not expect pain. Horses seem to have long memories for things that scare them or hurt them
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post #102 of 152 Old 06-02-2014, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Today I think we may have had a setback. I groomed Cinny and then tacked him up. After I put the saddle on, I went to get the bridle, and when I turned around Cinny was tucking his tail between his legs and his butt under again as if a bee had stung him. I warmed him up on the lunge line and about 5 minutes in to lunging he again tucked his tail and butt under and pinned back his ears.... again like he had just been stung by a wasp or something.

Riding him, he was fine. We went for our first trot under saddle and he was fine. A little rushy and it took him about half an hour to relax down, but then he was perfect. The vet said it may take a while for him to stop associating pain with being worked. But I am worried about his tucking his butt under again.

The vet is coming out Wednesday morning.
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Is this his first ride since the good one you reported?

If he has changed shape as much as you say maybe you need to have his saddle checked again?
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Is this his first ride since the good one you reported?

If he has changed shape as much as you say maybe you need to have his saddle checked again?
Yes this is the first ride after the last "good" ride. I wanted to give him a couple of days to recoup since he is so out of condition.

I know he has changed shape as his girth fits much looser even though he looks bigger. I have a Wintec with the full system so I did measure him again with the Wintec Measuring gauges to make sure everything is okay and the top of his back is basically the same.

I do have a Thinline Ultra Comfrot pad (the thick one with the fleece) that helps for slight inconsistencies. The vet coming tomorrow is a chiropractor and a saddle fitter (he does fitting clinics, etc) so I will have him recheck it as well.
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Maybe he did have something biting him - I've often found ticks under their tails.
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We did a w/t/c today, but only a 20 minute ride. Warmed up on the lunge and then rode in the arena. He had no "butt tuck" today! Yay. He was a little rushy under saddle, but that is normal for him and he settled out of it after I let him canter for a few minutes. I really didn't want to canter him yet but he kind of kept insisting. It was a sweet, wonderful and balanced canter. I just dropped the reins and encouraged him to relax and "find himself" so to speak.

Wonderful wonderful ride. We ended with a nice handwalk for about 10 minutes and a 15 minute graze to get that top line stretched!

Vet comes at 1pm.
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That sounds better
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The vet was very pleased with Cinny's progress. We did about an hour of chiro work to get him going along even more, which Cinny actually LIKED for the first time ever. I am to watch his over all attitude and personality for changes in which case he will go on a second round of meds.

Homework, I was told to actually work him..."push him a little" so that we can get his stamina back. Hill work, and move the haunches, move the haunches, move the haunches. He is NOT happy with Cinny's hind end yet but he believes that he will continue to improve with the right work.
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I'm so happy to heard about all the progress you're making! That is so exciting! Once you get him going a bit I want to see some more photos!

Ursula's Lyme test came back negative. This is good news because I won't have to go through the extensive treatments for Lyme, but we still don't know what's causing her sensitivity and behavioral changes. :( I have another appointment for her with another vet on the 19th. This vet is also a chiro and an acupuncturist. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this vet can get to the root of the problem!

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Each ride is getting better and better. Today, again, Cinny was more like a pleasure horse. We trotted around for a while on a very loose rein, something I have NEVER been able to do with him. He stayed at a steady rhythm without getting rushing, just licking his lips and enjoying himself. We did a bit of haunches work, a little canter, a LOT of free walks in between each exercise. He listened, licked, chewed and was steadily obedient and relaxed for our whole ride.

When we were done he wanted to stretch his head down so I didn't tie him to untack. He just stood with his head stretched down, flicking is ears and licking.

I would say that today was the best ride I have EVER had wit him...and I mean EVER.


Here is a picture of him relaxed and chewing just before I took the bridle off. He used to look all stressed out after a ride, but now he's just chilling and watching my friend grain her horse.

2014-06-07 after ride.jpg
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