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post #1 of 8 Old 04-20-2016, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Mare not quite "herself"

hey, my lovely mare has been not acting herself lately. two weeks (ish) ago we went cross country, and beforehand we noticed she was stretching a lot like she had a bit of an upset tummy, but was eating, drinking, and excreting normally and seemed to be herself so we went ahead with the school. She's normally a very forward horse, always galloping with her ears up hunting the next fence, but this day she just was a little slower (nice, actually, sane and calm) and had her ears back. not pinned or even annoyed, just in sort of an uninterested relaxed way. After the ride she stopped the stretching and hasn't done that since.

but since then, she just hasn't been herself. She hasn't been so forward and interested, and even when we went to do some trot sets in the field she was 'slow' and had her ears at half mast. And, her trot one direction is... awkward. definitely not lame, but normally her trot is silky smooth and its just suddenly rough on the one side. on the ground she's totally herself, still interested in food, flirting with the boys, being boss mare, but something has changed.

I've only had her six months so we haven't spent a lifetime together, but.. anyways. any ideas would be good. but, please don't tell me the ABSOLUTE WORST THING IT COULD POSSIBLY BE please be realistic

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Well take heart, it sounds like she's going to make it

Sounds like pain to me. Have you lunged or long-lined her to see if she reacts similarly when not under saddle? Resistant to making transitions in gaits, reluctant to turn to one direction or another, etc?

Since you say she is favoring one side when ridden, I'd go over that side of and feel her legs and feet for any heat, and gently push your fingertips along her spine/sides to see if she's sore, especially where the saddle sits.

You might also want to take a video of her lunging to show a vet, or you can post it here for an ad-hoc analysis :)
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hey, my lovely mare has been not acting herself lately. two weeks (ish) ago we went cross country, and beforehand we noticed she was stretching a lot like she had a bit of an upset tummy, but was eating, drinking, and excreting normally and seemed to be herself so we went ahead with the school. She's normally a very forward horse, always galloping with her ears up hunting the next fence, but this day she just was a little slower (nice, actually, sane and calm) and had her ears back. not pinned or even annoyed, just in sort of an uninterested relaxed way. After the ride she stopped the stretching and hasn't done that since.

but since then, she just hasn't been herself. She hasn't been so forward and interested, and even when we went to do some trot sets in the field she was 'slow' and had her ears at half mast. And, her trot one direction is... awkward. definitely not lame, but normally her trot is silky smooth and its just suddenly rough on the one side. on the ground she's totally herself, still interested in food, flirting with the boys, being boss mare, but something has changed.

I've only had her six months so we haven't spent a lifetime together, but.. anyways. any ideas would be good. but, please don't tell me the ABSOLUTE WORST THING IT COULD POSSIBLY BE please be realistic
This may be a little bit of an obvious question, but could she be in heat? I know a couple of the ones my friend owns even seem to have a different feel when ridden, because they just aren't interested in moving so they sort of amble. The disinterest and personality difference, as well as the less forwardness, really sounds like the way some of the mares I know act when they're in heat. All the mares I've seen either do less and still listen or are hyperactive and less cooperative (I know it isn't a golden rule), but to me it sounds like yours is the former. If you're not sure, I might check. Even if she isn't in obvious heat yet, she may be getting there. I'm not an expert by any means, so I would be interested to see what everyone else says, but it's a possibility.

I also agree with the above that it could be pain, but since she isn't lame or acting different on the ground, I'm not sure.

Regardless of what it is, I hope she's okay and that you get it figured out!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-20-2016, 07:48 PM
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That type of stretching is often associated with stomach pain - doesn't sound like colic so could be ulcers
They can be caused by moderate to fast work when the horse doesn't have enough fibre in its stomach to prevent acid from slashing up onto the areas that aren't as well protected (squamous mucosa) On top of that galloping puts pressure on the abdominal muscles which causes the stomach to contract, which also pushes acid from the lower stomach up in to the more sensitive upper area.
You could try treating with a course of Omeprazole - scoping is invasive and not without risks - and using a supplement that will act as a buffer to help protect the lining from future damage
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I would have the vet out.

Agree it sounds like she will make it :P
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If you have the vet out and can't find anything I would try an equine Chiropractor. Maybe she is out in her back somewhere for some reason. Can cause referred pain to her sides.
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Ditto to others. Get the vet & if nothing medical, get a chiropractor out. And dont ride her until shes better.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-24-2016, 06:04 PM
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Maybe ulcers, or even a kidney stone?
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