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post #11 of 18 Old 08-17-2013, 04:07 PM
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This is the point where, as a trainer, you have to make a decision.

Personally, if I felt the horse was having a physical issue rather than a training issue, I would speak to the owner and refuse to ride the horse again until the physical issue was either resolved or ruled out.

When that happens, there is a real possibility that the owner will demand to come pick their horse up and leave in a huff, but I still wouldn't continue to ride a horse that I believed was hurting, pissy owner issues or no.

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post #12 of 18 Old 08-17-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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The owner is pleased with the progress she has made but has told me if they have to bute her to make a run once a month, then they will. Our contract protects me and the farm displeased customers.

It has me second guessing myself because the video shows no problems with the actual turn. But she will bear down and hop, blow off, bow out, it just seems uncomfortable for her to turn right. On poles she will turn left no problem and weave great but the right turn she bows out wide. The weird thing is she has a hard time turning right but on her back she almost seems to take a shorter step with her left front when walking.
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I have fully expressed my concerns to the owner, and she's due to go home next week.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-17-2013, 07:03 PM
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One thing this makes me think of is a recent problem with Selena...When I ran her to the right barrel first, she fought me the entire way on the two left turns. I sitched her to the left barrel recently and she has been running amazingly well.

I talked to me farrier and he watched her run. He says she doesn't have as much "action" out of the left front leg as the right, as in she's probably sore and saving it but not enough for anyone to really notice. He says it's probably why she was fighting me. He suggested I started stretching her and sure enough...the problems have since disappeared.

What I learned from this is sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. We had her chiro'd and that didn't make a difference...Sure enough it's that one leg. So Liniment and stretches from now on :)

Just a thought.

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See the previous owner ran her to the left which is so odd to me, but I guess if she was buted it doesn't make a difference. I of course, started working at the left, recently I switched to the right so she'd have two comfortable barrels and not hop and bow off them!
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This is the point where, as a trainer, you have to make a decision.

Personally, if I felt the horse was having a physical issue rather than a training issue, I would speak to the owner and refuse to ride the horse again until the physical issue was either resolved or ruled out.

When that happens, there is a real possibility that the owner will demand to come pick their horse up and leave in a huff, but I still wouldn't continue to ride a horse that I believed was hurting, pissy owner issues or no.
I agree 100% with this.

If the owner refuses to have the horse checked for pain, then I would refuse to work with the horse and tell the owner to come get her NOW.

Poor horse. Because you know she's going to go back to running barrels when something is clearly not right with her body.
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Oh yeah but trying to look on the bright side, she's for a young beginner barrel racer and I think I've made it clear enough that she will not be a 1D rodeo money winner but she should be fine for a girl to lope around on at play days. At least they understand there are some limitations.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-21-2013, 06:03 AM
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Pain issue.
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