Horse "humps" back on touch??
So I went to see Rosie today and I haven't caught her and brought her out for a week or so because I've been on crutches but she came and everything was fine but once I started brushing her she was acting really strange.
Every time I would touch her hind quarters (no pressure, just like a finger touch) she would really "hump" her back, sucking her hind quarters under in a pretty extreme way. There were no marks or visible swelling. Her left hind seemed to be bothering her in a way, she picked it up a fair bit, but she was still putting weight on it and didn't appear to be lame at the walk. Then I tried touching her again and pretty much anywhere behind her shoulder she would hump up again. She wasn't swishing her tail at all either. I walked her a bit she seemed okay, and then when I put her back she trotted and then cantered off.
I have no idea what this is. I have never seen it. I've seen horses arch away from pressure from the back but never this. I was thinking about calling a vet but from my experience while they are great at stuff like wounds, something like this they aren't much help with.
I know horses get sore backs but its never usually like this.
When my gelding is sore, he humps over and tells me to stop being lazy and do a bowen treatment on him.
Without seeing your horse move, it could be a number of things.
Maybe tightness, pain in the area that she reacts with when you touch her, it could also be referred pain from another area of her body.
How is your saddle fitting? That could be causing some of it maybe? The gullet plate could be pressing in to the soft tissue or the saddle could be rocking or bridging causing active myofacial trigger points.
She hasn't been ridden in months so I don't think its saddle fit. What really bothers me is how sudden and dramatic the change is... I don't know what could have happened.
Is she coming into season?
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