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s16nyg

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s16nyg says:

Problems going down hills?

Hi all

I have a 10yo 16.2hh warmblood x gelding who has some problems going down hills.

This isnt a new problem and as long as ive been riding him he has done it, doesnt make a difference whether saddled or not (thought could be saddle prob but obv not).

When going down hills he looks really awkward and has to go really slow. Even bringing him off the field is slow. He doesnt appear in any pain at any time but seen a few things that could be possible SacroIlliac joint problem? Im a trainee Osteopath who is looking to go into equine and animal post qualification and i know how an SIJ problem can affect humans. Is it worth getting someone out to check it or is it something i can do myself?

He is fine when ridden and doesnt feel stiff or run up stiff/lame etc when loose. Going up hills can also be a challange and he slips quite a bit especially on tarmac (maybe normal if slippy tho?)

Any ideas would be welcome!! Thanks :)

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Problems going down hills?

I use a qualified equine physio for things like that and honestly it's worth getting someone in who knows what to look for.  She is very good at finding tears in muscles and identifying gait problems and can usually pinpoint the exact muscle to blame, she brings an ultrasound machine and a pulse mag machine too to help with stubborn contusions and the like.  I also use a traditional "back man" who I've had a lot of success with who can perform manipulations to help with skeletal problems.  I once had a horse with bursitis in his sacro iliac joint and the way to tell if it was giving him trouble was to canter him off the lunge - he wouldn't be able to perform the "skipping" movement with his back legs, it was more like bunny hopping.  Have you thought about having his feet looked into as well, just in case there is an imbalance?  An imbalance once identified is usually easily remedied by a good farrier.

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hawaii

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hawaii says:

problems going down hill

 Hi

What you are describing certainly sounds like it could be a sacroiliac problem to me. I had a 7 year old that was exactly as you describe, only it turned out he had lots of problems, 1st he had this very very slight stiffness just a niggle that wasnt always there in his front left going down hill, i  thought it was his shoulder, other folks couldnt feel it , so i assumed perhaps it was his way of going as he was new to me, but strange things kept happening over the next few weeks, we had to put road studs on his shoes as he slid especially behind. after 2 months i called the vet, already had the chiro. I took the horse to vets for nerve blocks and tests on a concrete circle, we ended up x raying fronts, and turned out to be navicular syndrome of soft tissue particularly front left. He was treated with every thing going and responded well. Later When going x c there was still a niggle especially going down hill, he felt like 2 halves of 2 very different horses  , vet said it was now due to his new way of going ,after 18 months to cut a long story short he had all his front end blocked out, and there it was !! clearly crossing left hind over and under himself. Horse went to the cotswold for scintigraphy scanning which revealed a chronic sacroiliac problem. He is now retired at 11 !! You havent said how long you had the horse? but you have said he trots up ok, is that a straight line ? have a few expert eyes trot him up on a concrete circle, on both reins ( be cautious though if he slips, i do hate this part of a test but vet says its one of the best ways to see !! ) I think you would be wise to consult your vet, as a sacroiliac problem will often get over looked for some thing else, ive been unfortunate to have had two things going on at the same time, which clouded the situation. It is not always an obvious problem but its a dam painful one, please let us know how you get on, of course it could be some thing entirely different, i only hope for your sake it is .... only his way of going !!  hope ive helped a bit ?  GOOD LUCK X

hawaii

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s16nyg

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s16nyg says:

Re: Problems going down hills?

thanks shall have a look and see. I thought was maybe stifle weakness as hes only recently started to be ridden on a regular basis (hes a loan horse) as his owner did nothing with him. i will def look into the feet next time farrier comes and get the vet to check his back

thanks both :) xx

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s16nyg

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s16nyg says:

Re: Problems going down hills?

 Hey all

Havent had the vet out yet but wanted some views before I do. Couldn't ride out today so schooled Pepi. Worked him on both reins and he was fine until it came to trotting downhill. He was twisting his neck out and up to the right. Thought may be his back so decided to lunge him to see if could see anything. Lunged him on both reins with saddle on then saddle off and made no difference and he seemed fine. 

Thinking now def is his back not the saddle assume the twisting is to relieve the back pain? Sij? Or does anyone else have any idea?

Ran my fingers down his back and legs and no palpable pain tho?

Will have the vet out this week but just wondering if a chiro/Osteo would be better? 

Thanks!

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s16nyg

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s16nyg says:

Re: Problems going down hills?

hello all.

so had the back woman out for Pep's and hes already looking better. she was there 90mins and was fab with him and ive been given massage and stretches to do with him. Wasnt SIJ problem tho thank god just overdeveloped forehand muscles and a bit of clicking!

Also having the dentist out next week to check his teeth as althrough more comfy on hills still twisting and a bit of head shaking!

If both these things dont work i think the vet is needed but he seems more settled already :) xx

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