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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2017, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Sore horse?

This may seem like a foolishness question, or one that should maybe answer its self but be found that there is a lot of people with boundless knowledge on here so I love asking questions.

How can you tell if your horse is sore after a ride? Just took my girl in our first "big" ride (10 miles, 5 hours, mostly flat ground). Is there certain places I should be checking, like running my hand over her back or legs to watch for a reaction?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-18-2017, 05:56 PM
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Limping (obviously), pinning ears when you touch specific places, moving more stiffly and unwillingly than usual, and a grumpy attitude can all be signs, though of course do not all mean pain all the time. I'm sure others can offer more I missed.

Her back and legs would be the most important I suppose, and really since you know her personality better than anyone, is she acting different than normal? Something off? Besides being tired of course. You can be a better judge than us :)

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Sometimes they're the most in tune with each other.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-18-2017, 07:18 PM
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I always run my fingers down my horses spine after a ride. I have a horse that I've had for over 25 years, one that I've had for 6 years and one that I've had for 6 months. As you get to know your horse you'll know what to check.

Once I checked my older gelding along his back, but later he was sore on one leg. No one would have noticed it. It's just that I knew him well and could tell.

My newer one I still do a serious critique when we return from a ride.

Some horse are good at masking discomfort and others will stand there until you find it. I just always do a quick once over after a ride.

All that said, if you and your mare just went for your first lengthy ride, just give her a little extra attention and then check on her in about an hour or so. Move her around a little to make sure there are no limpy gimpy issues. Rub her head, massage around her mouth. Look for anything out of the norm.

Honestly, the fact that you're asking at all, speak volumes for how much you're going to notice on your own.
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She randomly started nipping at me. And it looked like she was walking a little choppy favoring a back leg. I've only had her for a few months. I think it's a saddle fit issue.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-19-2017, 10:35 PM
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If you're seeing signs that she's hurting, and you're really concerned about it, you can always call or email your vet to see what they think :)

Don't judge someone's horse or skill because they don't compete or work with a trainer.

Sometimes they're the most in tune with each other.
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