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post #21 of 27 Old 09-03-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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I took a video tonight without his saddle. What do you guys think?
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post #22 of 27 Old 09-04-2012, 11:40 AM
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He still looks pretty uncomfortable in this newest video, but he does look like he loosens up a bit towards the end. Do you see how at the walk he carries his head lower and steps up underneath himself with his hind legs? Then as soon as he is asked to trot, his back hollows, head comes up and he goes to his stiff itty bitty postlegged jog? All of the muscling underneath his neck indicates its been going on for a while, you want that on top of his neck from him stretching and reaching out not up. Your goal while waiting for chiro should be to get him to stretch down and out at the trot and canter also. That will loosen those tight muscles over his back that look like they are hurting. It can take a while for soreness/learned behavior from ill-fitting saddles to work itself out, but play around and see if you can get him loose enough to stretch down- if he doesn't get turn out, see if you can let him loose in the arena or roundpen for even an hour so that he can roll and putz around to work out the kinks.
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He still looks pretty uncomfortable in this newest video, but he does look like he loosens up a bit towards the end. Do you see how at the walk he carries his head lower and steps up underneath himself with his hind legs? Then as soon as he is asked to trot, his back hollows, head comes up and he goes to his stiff itty bitty postlegged jog? All of the muscling underneath his neck indicates its been going on for a while, you want that on top of his neck from him stretching and reaching out not up. Your goal while waiting for chiro should be to get him to stretch down and out at the trot and canter also. That will loosen those tight muscles over his back that look like they are hurting. It can take a while for soreness/learned behavior from ill-fitting saddles to work itself out, but play around and see if you can get him loose enough to stretch down- if he doesn't get turn out, see if you can let him loose in the arena or roundpen for even an hour so that he can roll and putz around to work out the kinks.
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what would be the best way to get him to put his head down? The only time he ever has likes yo put his head down is if someone else had their horse in he round pen and the other horse pooped and he would almost have his nose in the dirt trying to smell it. I know the concept of long and low but only for riding. Is there something like this for working on the ground?
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post #24 of 27 Old 09-04-2012, 01:20 PM
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If the horse is sore & the source of the pain is not addressed, he probably won't use the neck muscles the way you want him to. He is compensating for something & has adapted his way of moving to alleviate whatever is hurting him. If you really want to diagnose the problem ( we can only guess on here), then take him to a vet well versed in equine lameness. Once you got a diagnosis, chiropractor & equine massage will probably come into play, it can certainly help make a horse more sound. However in the 20+ years I been using equine chiro/massage therapy, it seems to have been just part of the recovery of whatever the problem was unless the horse put a bone out of whack from some sort of trauma. But if a horse is constantly, let's say for example, putting his hip out and the chiropractor comes by every so often to realign him, you need to find out why he is doing that, a chiropractor can sometimes tell you why or not, depends on their experience. A good equine most likely will know. Hope that explains it a bit more, good luck.
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post #26 of 27 Old 09-05-2012, 11:29 AM
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He still looks sore all over to me.........low selenium can cause all over soreness.......have you had his levels checked.

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post #27 of 27 Old 09-05-2012, 03:14 PM
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Loose side reins can help encourage him to stretch down, if you havn't lunged with them before have someone help you get it all on and adjusted. Make sure they are loose though, tight ones cranking his head in aren't going to help him stretch. Loose side reins can help encourage him to stretch down, but they wont make him, it will take some time for him to figure out how to do it, but you will have a better horse in the end if you wait rather than rush him.

The first thing to worry about is going to be a vet or chiro or both coming out and seeing whats going on.

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