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post #1 of 2 Old 12-18-2014, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Stiff back and trouble cantering?

I have a 15hh Standardbred gelding, Sam who used to be a trotter/pacer. Not sure if that really helps with anything but anyway.
Recently he has been unwilling to go forward and his neck seems a bit higher than usual. He feels stiff when I ride and he just seems like he just doesn't want to be there with me.
He was such a pleasure to ride but now he just seems all glued together...
What could be creating such problems?
I have changed saddles, but tomorrow I am going to ride in my stock and see how he goes, I think it might be the saddle but it seems to all fit and be good on him. He seems to pig root sometimes, and when I ask him to canter he goes into this weird state where he is on the verge of cantering but he is mid way between canter and trot and it is just a huge mess that is very uncomfortable for me.

Please help me!

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post #2 of 2 Old 12-18-2014, 12:51 PM
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How old is he and how long have you had him? It sounds like this came on suddenly, but without any obvious injury? In that case I would start with an adjustment from a good chiropractor. I had trouble like this while retraining my OTTB, and the chiro helped him a ton. I also had saddle troubles that were resolved after a visit from the saddle fitter and an adjustment to the flocking. If that doesn't help, you're probably going to need a lameness exam with a vet and some x-rays to find the problem area. The you'll have some treatment options depending on what the problem is.

FYI, even if it is saddle fit, he may remain sore for a while after you switch back to the better fitting saddle. He may also need a chiro adjustment before he is back to normal. I hope it's something simple and your guy is feeling his best again soon!

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