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post #1 of 9 Old 08-12-2016, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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12.2 pony - (rearing) hurt back!?!?

Hello there,
I am desperate for your kind advice ladies and gents...
3 weeks ago we bought a little 12.2 Dartmoor pony age 9 for our 10 year old daughter. Everything was fine, although the pony had not done too much work in the last year she had come from a credited riding school. Among a few bits we were trying with her we decided to see how she boxed on our horse trailer (pony was delivered but previous owner).

We walked her through the trailer a few times then put in the breast bar. Sadly she panicked and went under the bar and out the front door. to cut a long story short we managed to box her ok afterwards but she is a little on the large side tummy wise and felt like she went with a bang through the trailer. she acted normal rolling in the paddock etc afterwards but the following day when we tried to mount out daughter after tacking up she reared up. first a small one then 2 full vertical ones. Luckily my husband was holding onto her and nobody was injured but i am now worried to allow my child on her. I am also scared to tack her up.

My question is... could she have reared due to back pain from going under the bar rather than not wishing to be ridden? i am guessing she has a sore back from forcing herself under the bar. We are awaiting a vet to visit but just after some advice really.
Thanks so much in advance...

mel. x
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-12-2016, 05:15 PM
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I'm assuming that she wasn't rearing prior to purchase.

Is it possible that her back is hurting, yes. I would just not ride her until the vet has a look. You don't want to put the thought into her head that riding = pain or that a good way to get a rider off is to rear up.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-12-2016, 05:17 PM
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It's certainly possible the pony sustained an injury when she reared up in the trailer. However, without physically being able to handle her, none of us can tell you if she has.

The other possibility is this pony has essentially been on vacation for a year so has decided she doesn't want to work. I suggest finding a good trainer to give her a tune up if this is the case.

Jingles that the vet figures out what the issue is and the pony is quickly back to being a great mount for your daughter.
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hi there, thanks for your kind reply. i have asked previous owners and they said she never has. They run a BHS riding school and say she has been used for lead rein etc with children etc.

being new we are taking it very slow with the pony as we have been told in the last year she hasn't done too much, my daughter has only ridden her for 2 15 min sessions at present. she has a nice and calm personality when my daughter is doing in hand stuff in the indoor school but after this incident i am just a bit scared. i know rearing is not always a naughty reaction and i hope she was just telling us - i'm hurt please don't get one me as she reared at the point the weight of my 10 year old who is 5 stone sat in the saddle. when we removed my child she walked back to the stable calmly.

i prey it is just a bruised back and she is ok. xx
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she didn't rear in the trailer... she went under the breast bar and out the from door. this is where she much have forced her way under it and potentially hurt herself.

the rearing came the next day when we tried to ride her...
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-14-2016, 08:53 PM
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Are you sure she is broke? Did vet check her over for teeth issues and other things? Does saddle fit well? Bridle and bit?

Pony may just have your number but I would be wondering if pony had issues before you bought it.

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Did your daughter ride the pony before you bought it? Can a small adult with some horse knowledge get on it to see if it's a pain issue or just an uncooperative horse? It's great that the vet is coming out. Assuming he says there's no reason to suspect pain, then I'd call in an instructor or trainer to ride it before putting your daughter on it, just to see if it needs a little tuning up. She can continue to do some in-hand work in the meantime, so she can bond with it and maybe work on manners on the ground, which can translate into a better behaved horse under saddle.
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I hope her back is okay, glad the vet is coming to check her out. However, like @Acadianartist suggested, I'd have a trainer come out as well before putting your daughter back on her to see what's going on with her if the vet rules out any pain issues. Keep us posted!

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You have the vet coming out and they can have a chiro look at the pony under their supervision (OP is in the UK and chiro's there have to work under a vet's authority) to check the pony's back
If she forced herself under the bar I would think that its almost certain that she has made herself sore - hopefully nothing worse and it will soon heal
One point though - It's not unusual for lead rein ponies to not be great when ridden off the lead rein if they've only ever been ridden on it and they don't always make good 'first ridden' ponies without additional some schooling work under a good little rider
If the trailer is your own I'd suggest looking at ways to make a more solid barrier of the breast bar in front of her so she doesn't have any ideas for repeating the incident - or put some hay or straw bales behind it

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