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post #1 of 4 Old 12-08-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Chiropractor for grumpy mare w/rib out?

I am posting this then going to bed, in hopes of getting some answers in the morn. I am new to this website so be kind. I have a 3 yr old mare who 2 winters ago was kicked onthe left side of her belly, about her 4th rib back. She had a pretty big hematoma, had the vet out and he gave me bute to give her. The swelling went away. I did not notice anything until THIS summer. It seems one rib was pronounced more than the others. I called the vet, she came out, and recommended a chiropractor. Had the chiropractor come out and she said she had 3 ribs out. Of course this was when i was hoping to break her out ... so training stopped as I didnt want to hurt her, or cause bad attitude from the get go. The chiropractor adjusted her, and told me to use liniment on her side, and over her hip because it looked like her hip was an issue as she says. The chiro came out two times total.
Anyway, I bought this mare and her full sister for the bargain price of 250 dollars. The mare I am talking about was a yearling when I bought her. She was small, stunted, and I couldnt touch her, but she has come along quite well. I have ridden her about 4 times so far, and she has done great .
I have NEVER in my life had a horse that doesnt like to be groomed, touched, or handled. She is fine if tied up, seems to somewhat enjoy it, but if she is out in the paddock,if i try to brush her while out there she will swish her tail and turn quite quickly. She has never kicked, or bit. I dont know if she is just in some serious pain from this rib, that seems to still be out, ( which even through the Michigan winter haircoat, I can still see a pronounced rib out.) Her ears are always middle to back... I just want her to be happy, and healthy. Should i get another chiropractors opinion... ? Yes. I know I should. I am not a clueless person. Had horses since i was 7 and have a degree in horse training. This however my friends, is just something I will never understand... ribs, and grumpiness. Not my specialty. Help! Be kind, !She will come up occasionally to see if i have anything, but she doesnt just stick around like the others. .
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-08-2011, 11:37 PM
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I can only tell you what my horse chiro does....she adjusts, then she massages with her own liniment. Then she comes back after 2 or 3 weeks and checks the horse again & readjusts if needed. When she says a certain part of the horse's body is out, she shows me, I can see it then she adjusts & shows me again & I can see the improvement. Did your chiro do any of this? I can't help you with the rib being out, but I know it all starts with the spine & goes from there. By the way, there is lots of horses that do not enjoy being brushed. I own a gelding that puts up with it like a gentleman, but he would rather run away. Sometimes, he gets comfortable & forgets his manners & is cranky about it, needless to say, he gets a reminder of who's paying his bills. I could never go up to him in the paddock & just start brushing him, he'd be gone.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-09-2011, 12:54 AM
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She could have had a fractured rib & it healed leaving the bump. In that case it won't go away.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-09-2011, 08:08 PM
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Some horses are very tolerant of being groomed. Others, if given the choice, will walk away. Check the stiffness of your brush on the underside of your wrist. If too rough for your wrist then it may be too rough for the horse. Remember he can feel a fly land on his hair. I have one that prefers an old shoe brush which is quite soft. I could use a garden rake on the other.

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