Could I Be Hurting Him?
I've been having some problems with Smokey, one of my barrel horses, and I am wondering if there could be some kind of pain problem.
Last Wednesday when I was riding around the arena (not doing barrel work, just exercising him) he was doing fine until I asked him to canter on the left lead. He did ok for a couple of strides but then he started kicking out, crow hopping, and throwing his head around. I asked him to do it again to see if it was a fluke but he did the same thing and bucked me off.
So, I figured maybe it was because he hadn't been rode in a week, but when I rode him again today he did the same thing on the same lead at a canter. He does fine on the right lead and acts normal, but on the left lead he just will not budge.
So, I am wondering is there a chance this could be caused by pain? I know it is not the saddle because I have had a fitter out within the past month to check out all of my saddles on the horses. I don't believe it is a discipline problem because he is perfectly fine besides this one thing.
I know that often sacroiliac pain can be exposed by a horse being reluctant on leads. Do you think that could be the problem?
I heard from someone that there is some way you can check a horse for back pain by running a finger down it's spine or something, but I'm not sure how to do it.
If I need to call out a chiropractor or a vet I will. I'm just not sure what to do.
Help, please? :)
If it just started - yes it is probably physical. Rib or back out of alignment, sore hocks or hooks on his teeth.
It shouldn't be his teeth because I had them floated last month and the vet did a thorough look through his mouth.
Should I call a chiropractor out?
I would call a vet first. Maybe he was rolling around and tweaked something in his back? If the vet doesn't find anything, he or she can recommend you call a chiropractor.
I would call the chiropractor. It sounds like his back may be out. Maybe from playing in the pasture or something. Good luck with him! :]
I called my vet. He's coming out tomorrow afternoon to check everything out.
Thank you all! :D
Vets always first! Plus, most chiros won't come out unless you have a vets referral. Hope all goes well and its nothing serious!
I would call the chiro myself, if you have a good one. Ours is EXCELLENT, and in fact would use her to vet a horse in some instances over a vet! (unless blood tests or x-rays are needed) she is VERY astute!:D
Oh, well I wouldn't call a chiro unless my vet okayed it. And most chiros I know won't work on your horse unless the vet okays it. Maybe legal reasons? I don't know.
^ That's bizarre. I always go for the chiro/massage/acupuncture/laser therapy practitioner first if I think it's mild soreness.
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