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  1. Horse Talk
    I just lost my heart horse of 20 years Monday night. He showed no signs of any issues. He was just shy of his 29th birthday and no one could believe his age. He looked like he was 15 years younger. Always bright eyed, always hungry, and always happy to see me. No real health issues to note. The...
  2. Gaited Horses
    Hi all. Well, I recently found out the pain I feel when sitting on a bumpy horse (only horses ive ever ridden is Quarter Horses. I live in west Texas.. its QH's or 'nuthin out here) is caused by my 12th rib crushing my nerve in my lower left abdomen. I can ride pretty much without an issue when...
  3. Rider Wellness
    It's been over a year now, but I am still suffering from a pulled psoas muscle I got from riding without stretching last year in December. Has anyone else ever struggled with a muscle strain? It's ruined my life.
  4. Rider Wellness
    Hello all. When I go into a trot I feel a sharp pain on the left side of my abdomen right under my ribs. It feels like needle is going through me. It hurts so bad it feels like I'm going to pass out. Sometimes I want to cry because I fear I will never be able to compete in events due to this...
  5. Horse Health
    I will try to keep this as short as possible. We really need help. My daughters 15 year old, 16.2 Irish Sports Horse had always been in great health until 3 months ago. After a short hack, he went down with what looked like very bad colic. Within an hour he recovered, and we put it down to...
  6. Rider Wellness
    So back in December(ish) I had a bad fall. I fell and hit my back off of a snow plow blade (smaller one that attaches to pickup trucks.) Being me, I immediately got back on and continued on a trail ride afterwards, on a horse who bucks. I think my adrenaline held off the pain until I got home...
  7. Horse Health
    Hi all, I got a osteopath out for my horses who told me they have stomach ulcers, she came to this conclusion by finding them sore in their backs and shoulders. She says this is probably from compensating for a sore stomach (ulceration). They are also girthy. The two horses I have that have been...
  8. Rider Wellness
    Hi! I've been riding for the past few years (I'm 16 now) and have been having no problems with my spine. Though in October I was diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses and now I have a PICC line. My last ride before I had to stop was in September and I was riding a new horse and had SEVERE...
  9. Horse Health
    I got my horse about 5 months ago. hes a 17 year old paint gelding. Im trying to figure out if my horse needs a chiropractor or not. I have a vet coming out next friday to give coggins and rabies, but im tempted to cancel it and wait till june to get shots and his teeth floated together. As it...
  10. General Riding queries
    Some months ago I rode bareback on a bony horse (I think it was underweight) during my riding lesson. I had reservations beforehand and tried to convince my riding instructor to use a saddle or a different horse but she would not listen and I thought well she ought to know. I was not comfortable...
  11. Horse Health
    Hey everyone, I have not posted on here in what seems like forever! Ive been struggling with my mare for the past three months. When i first bought her she had some quirks, kind of girthy, wouldn't stand to be mounted, pushy, all things i could easily fix and got better over time but then we...
  12. Horse Health
    I have a 13 going on 14 yr old OTTB, left track sound and went into career as hunter/jumper and low level dressage training was in progress. Purchased as a 9 yr old, to become a pleasure horse that I could learn on and take clinics, didn't head in any particular direction with him - just wanted...
  13. Rider Wellness
    Two years ago I broke my ankle in 3 different places, not sure of the names of every bone in the ankle... but I chipped the inside bone, fractured the outside bone and fractured the back of one of the bones. (Was only 16yrs at the time so I therefore fractured the outside growth plate of the...
  14. Trail Riding
    I believe willow is doctor of animals and can save a horse's life when in pain in the stomach....
  15. Equine Careers and Education
    It's my dream to work at a racetrack as an exercise rider, and since highschool is soon coming to a close for me, I have to really decide if I want to become one. I love thoroughbreds and riding hot horses, and galloping can be alot of fun. I'm extremely passionate about riding and I want to...
  16. Horse Health
    I just wanted to tell people to have horses teeth checked out! if they are showing any signs of pain or resistance or anything like that! my new guy wouldn't collect or let his nose to be touched i though it was him being a pain and the last people threw a nose band on him to keep his mouth shut...
  17. Horse Health
    So my yearling got a sore (about the size of a nickel, and slightly flat) on his right side a couple months ago and it wasn't bothering him so I left it, thinking it would go away. Now its bigger (about the size of two dollars and its clumpy) and he pins his ears back and goes to nip me when I...
  18. Horse Health
    The issue that has just arisen with my horse is when he goes into a fast trot and transition to canter it takes a lot of work on my part to get him to go into the speed I'm asking. Usually he goes into the canter nice and easy. Now when I ask he really refuses and trots fast but looks off. Seems...
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