Selena and I are having a tough go. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 12-05-2014, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Selena and I are having a tough go.

Hey guys, I could use either some advice or some jingles :(

After this fiasco:

Selena and I have been having a hard time getting things together.

I ran her at our local Run4Hope race (a benefit charity race) and we were slow, had two down barrels, and she was stiff in the neck and just tight.

I gave her time off, then ran her at a couple local gymkhanas. She started feeling better. Less neck stiff, looser, easier to ride and feeling better.

After that, she want lame. Puncture wound in her left hind and then very hurt on her left front (which we still don't know what happened there)

I brought her back again, ran her once, she felt pretty good. She'd been feeling really good since then. I finally just cowgirl'd up and entered her up in our local series, got all our sponsors back on board, nominated her, wrote a check for enough money to almost bring tears to my eyes, and went to our first race.

...One down barrel, neck stiffness, and no stretch in her run.

I decide it was a bad day. I school her slow in her second run and she feels fine. She feels good when I take her home. I keep riding her all week.

Today when I was riding her, we were loping around and suddenly we're on the ground. I don't know what happened but she hit her side on top of me. We are both very sore and she is back to limping.

I feel so defeated. It's been six months since we've had any sort of luck. Everywhere we turn something goes wrong. I don't know what to do. I pay $300 a month to board her, which I can just barely afford but I don't have anywhere else to put her. I've been kicked out of my house and am living with my boyfriend. He has offered to help me pay board and care for her but I don't want to give him those bills.

My chiro is out of town, my farrier can't see her til next week, and I absolutely do NOT trust any vets in this area. The one I used committed suicide a couple months ago.

I don't know what to do. I feel like I just want to quit.... :/ It's so hard to see the most important thing in my life hurt all the time, and I feel like maybe I'm asking her too much. I always go to the nines to keep her sound and happy, get her all the expensive supplements, liniment, magnets, and yet all of that can't seem to do a **** thing to help us right now.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-05-2014, 11:05 PM
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Can you haul her to a good equine clinic? Sounds like it could be something neurological like EPM. I hope you find out what's wrong and can fix it. Jingles sent your way.
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When I bought my second horse, all I wanted is a "sound" horse. My first horse had navicular and was always off, or lame or something.

I picked out a beautiful horse with perfect conformation. She went lame at age 3... with something that no one can diagnose. X rays are normal so this is nothing that could have been picked up on the pre-purchase exam. I spent over $1200 trying to get her diagnosed with no luck.

At this point I am resigned. She is going to be a walk-trot horse only. Whatever is wrong with her makes it impossible for her to canter. The last vet thought it was something in her pelvis... But she trots just fine and has no pain on palpation...

At this point my old mare is getting up there in age. Once she passes I may be able to get another horse. Until then, all I can do is walk-trot trail rides.

It is frustrating. I would try to get your mare diagnosed by a competent vet or lameness specialist even if it means hauling her to the closest university vet school

Or maybe it is time you find a new career for your horse. Although if she is lame you probably won't be able to give her away....

You could certainly try something new like drillteam, competitive trail riding or something less strenuous on the horse, once you get her sound.

I had a friend break her leg in high school when her barrel horse fell on her. They had to put a rod in her leg with pins! You are lucky you weren't hurt worse!

Don't ride until you get her diagnosed. She could have a soft tissue or other injury which will be made worse if ridden.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-06-2014, 03:05 PM
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No solutions or suggestions here. Just good thoughts coming your way. It can be very tough to get through day-to-day, especially when it seems like everything that can go wrong will go wrong despite your best efforts. You obviously care and are doing everything you know how to do, and that's half the battle. It can't rain every day.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-07-2014, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
I ran her at our local Run4Hope race (a benefit charity race) and we were slow, had two down barrels, and she was stiff in the neck and just tight.
Barrel racing is one of those 'sports' which are particularly hard on horses, so even with the best of care, it tends to be only a matter of time before horses get broken. Not saying this is her time, but what did you do to treat the problems, and how much time off did you give her? It sounds like that only happened a number of months ago, and you've raced her a number of times since? Especially if there's something significant, &/or it wasn't treated effectively, not enough time off to heal & then get fit, between racing is likely to aggravate further.

If you have no chiro or good vet ATM, can you float her to one?
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