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brook

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brook says:

What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

Tilly has just turned 5 and has been schooled once per week by an experienced friend, we have been over the moon with her progress and she always seems happy to go off in the trailer to the arena and is relaxed when she gets there. The past 3 weeks though it's been a different story ! Tilly has been unwilling to work under saddle, not wanting to go forward and doing funny little bronks and threatening to rear, sometimes she will go up slightly as if to warn her rider. When Claire gets off and lunges her she works really well so we are a bit confused, does she have pain somewhere or is she just objecting to being schooled ?

 

Out hacking she's a very good girl, never spooky or silly but she has become heavy on the forehand, wanting to stretch the whole time, occasionally when i ask for trot she does a funny little bronk. This afternoon I was trotting along a grassy track when all of a sudden her near hind just went from underneath her, she was limping so badly her back end was nearly on the ground. I jumped off straight away and Tilly was holding her leg up, at first I thought she had torn a ligament or damaged a tendon but after a few seconds I walked her on and she was fine. I walked her all the way home and she was absolutely sound, we have phoned the physio as i'm wondering if she has nerve damage ? She could have caught her foot in a rabbit hole maybe, but i've never experienced anything so dramatic before !! It felt as though she had broken her leg ! If anyone has any thoughts or idea's about this please let me know as I'm very confused about her behaviour. Thanks guys, Lyn & Tilly XX 

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soniadevereux

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Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

i would get the back and saddle checked to start with. apart from that .....good luck and keep us posted. xx

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Rosebudd

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Rosebudd says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

 it does sound as though she has pain from somewhere, possibly her back, if she working fine on lunge but no when ridden? also things like getting her saddle checked if her works increased etc..

 

also regarding the rabbit hole, could have put her back out rolling or playing in the field, or anything like that? (thinking outloud here) .. if she were mine i'd have a feel of her back, see if she flinches, moves away ..shows any pain.. saddle check and physio like you have done.  

 

good luck, fingers crossed its nothing, just behaviour.. keep us posted.. x 

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

i agree it sounds like she is in pain somewhere, perhaps over her back? even though you are taking it slow, she is growing so more likely to strain her self. i sometimes give my guys a sort of check over, just feeling them all over and looking for any signs of tightness or pain, like them flinching. also streaching out their legs ect

however, cant rule out it just being a cheeky behaviour thing, as she is at that age of getting very confident and therefor less willing and more able to push the boundaries, a teenager basicallly! especially as she is a mare, and if the ones i know are anything to go by, unlike geldings they push the boundaries and test you! but i think once you gain their respect you can form amazing relationships with mares

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melxvengeance

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Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

yeah defo sounds like she has pain somewhere especially as this behaviour is sudden and she doesn't do it under saddle. i would get someone to check her saddle fit and also her back. maybe with the work she is becoming fitter and changing shape therefore the saddle doesn't fit her as well as it used to

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

I agree with the others about getting everything checked, Lyn, poor Tilly.

Hope you can get this sorted out, It's so worrying when you don't know what's wrong - keep us posted with how she is.

 

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lauralou15

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lauralou15 says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

I cant give any advice but i wanted to say good luck with her and reading her lifting her leg up reminded me of what jaje did one of the first times I rode him...we had been on a lovely short hack and I decided to take him in the school to do a bit more work with him when suddenly he starts limping with all hes worth and holding  his leg up so i got off and walked him in hand and he was fine but i put him away anyway..the next day we told his owner who said oh yer dont worry hes just hamming it up to try it on with you so you didnt take him in the arena hahaha (sorry thought i'd share) 

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

 I agree with everyone re checks. Personally I'd start with physio first as it sounds more like a discomfort thing than anything else. If she is bronking a bit and trying to stretch down I'd think a back check could be the way forward.

 

Try not too worry too much. She is a young horse and they can frequently 'tweak' something but it's soon mended. I've had this with dulcie who was sore on top of her bottom! Buther behaviour, which is out of character is trying to tell u something... Better safe than sorry :-)

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

Poor Tilly, I'll say the same, get her back checked; even if she is just playing you up, at least you'll know what it isn't!   She could still be growing and having growing pains I suppose? Dont know, just a guess?!

Keep us posted x

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brook

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brook says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

Thanks everyone, I too think that it maybe her back or pelvis so we have decided to call the Vet out before the physio, so tomorrow OH will be straight on the phone ! We went back to the track this morning just to see if she could have caught her foot in a hole, we could'nt find any holes and the ground was fairly even so I won't be doing anything with her until the Vet has seen her XX 

 

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: What could be wrong ? Any idea's would be very wecome !!

Hope she is ok and you can find out what has caused her to do that. Will check back tomorrow to see what the vet has to say.

Hopefully it is just her age causing her to find new ways to get out of work.They can find some weird and wonderful ways of evading work when they are 5 years old

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