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post #1 of 9 Old 05-28-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is constantly laying down?

My horse is almost 8yrs old, she was lame from a horse kicking her in the field and was off if work for about 4 weeks she has recently come back about 3 weeks ago! I have been riding her constantly about 5/6 out of a week! The day before yesterday and yesterday I have been hacking her out for 2 hours each! She was fine, and yesterday evening she stayed out! Today I have been checking on her after my 1hour lesson and she keeps laying down. At first I wasn't worried but every time I get her up about 10 mins later she is laying back down. She is eating, she only pooed once in the lesson this morning!? And is weeing fine, she is quite hot but not sweating think it was because she had a thick rug on, but I changed it to a lighter one. I don't know if it is the weather, tiredness or something else?
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I would guess that there is still some residual pain and she's gets relief by getting off her leg(s). I've got a 22 year old gelding with bad hocks and he's often laying down.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-28-2013, 02:08 PM
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Is she sound when ridden?

Have you lunged her to see any lameness?

Is there any heat or swelling in any of the legs?

Are you riding her within her existing fitness levels, or is there a chance that you have been asking more than she is currently fit for?

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She is absolutely fine when ridden nothing wrong at all?
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-28-2013, 02:34 PM
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I think it sounds as though you might be working her a little bit too hard. Cut her work in half for a while and then go from there.

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I have a show tomorrow, just going to take it easy, then give her the next couple of days off?!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-28-2013, 05:39 PM
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Laying down a lot could be a symptom of something else. It's entirely possible she was brought back to work too intensely/too quickly. She could have a belly ache, or she could be too hot. I have a mare that acts like that when she gets too hot.

ETA: What kind of shape is she in, and what is she eating?
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is she drinking ? pass the pinch test ? have gut sounds ? laying down quite or does she act painful ? is she starting to founder ? heat to her hooves ?
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Could be that you've just been asking too much of her, that she's got bruised hooves, still sore from injury, or it could be that she's foundering, colicky, whatever. So I'd not be working her and watching her closely for the next couple of days & be ready to call the vet if she's not better by then, or if she gets any worse.

What is she being fed? I'd avoid feeding any grain or starchy feed, for now at least. Hay only.
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