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brook

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brook says:

I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Tilly our 5 year old TBX has always been a dream to hack out, a bit strong and always keen ! Well, a few weeks ago she started refusing to trot in the arena and threatening to rear, we have kept her schooling light as she's young and she was doing so well. We had the vet out to check her teeth and back etc and she was given the all clear, her saddle has also been checked and adjusted. 

 

The lady who schooled her once per week suggested giving her a break which we are doing but sadly the behaviour has now progressed to hacking. I rode her on Tuesday night and when I asked for trot she just refused to go forwards, I can only liken it to a sort of bronk ! She sort of bounces up and down on the spot. I tried again and the same thing happened, on the 3rd time she went up slightly so I had to stop for my own safety. I don't think she's napping as she will quite happily walk on and go wherever I ask so atm I'm completely baffled as she used to love getting out and about.

 

The only thing that I can think of is that her seasons could be affecting her, she was in season when the behaviour first started in the arena and I think that she's been in season again this week. In a way I hope that it is season related as I'm not confident or experienced enough to sort out dangerous behaviour ( she does it on the road too !! ) If anyone can come up with anything to explain this I would really appreciate it, thanks guys XX

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3MoodyMaresMum

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I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

I would get her checked over again from head to toe and get all your tack checked again, she is definately saying No because something hurts, if it were her season she would be more irrational than just a no for trotting.  The fact it is only when asked to trot really says to me it hurts.

Sorry can't be of more help :-)

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danielboom

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danielboom says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

HI

I have a mare who had the same sort of behaviour, I blamed her seasons for a while as I had all her back, tack, teeth etc checked and it came back fine. She still continued to rear, buck, nap etc. After the horse went up and nearly killed me when it fell backwards the vet decided to send it for a full body scan, it came back she had a kissing spine and changes in her neck due to arthritis she was only 5! With mares it is easy to blame her seasons for bad behaviour especially if it is not consistant, get her fully checked out there may be something more going on with her but like mine it may be more apparent when in season as she may be less likely to put up with it when she is stroppy.

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SuzyA

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SuzyA says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Looks like you've got some sound advice.

Does Tilly do the same in company?

 

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brook

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brook says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Thanks Karen and Daniel for your helpful advice. We will have to investigate further, I'll be hacking her out over the next couple of days keeping it slow and steady just to see if her behaviour is any better now that her season has finished.

 

Hi Suzy, Tilly is always hacked out with Tenor and it does'nt matter if Tenor is in front, behind or right next to her the behaviour is exactly the same ! 

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Hi Lyn - did you manage to get the physio out after the last time?

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Alphabay

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Alphabay says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Hiya

Sorry to hear that you are still having trouble with Tilly!

Sounds like you are getting everything sorted and checked with her. I've recently gone through the exact same thing with alpha, the vet couldn't find anything wrong with her either.

If you haven't already I would seriously consider some form of physio as they pick up muscualr problems and tension that vets don't.

Aged 5 maybe get your saddle checked every few weeks as well? May sound silly but alpha outgrew a perfectly fitting saddle in about 8-10 weeks.

Good luck and keep us updated! :) x

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brook

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brook says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Hi Sarah and Alphabay, I'm sorry to say this but I'm sceptical about physio's, this is just from personal experiences and I hope that I'm proved wrong ! Their favourite one is " Oh, there's a bit of soreness in his back " That usual means that there is absolutely nothing wrong but they have to justify the price. I will be speaking to the Vet again on Monday as we think that it could be season related, if this turns out not to be the case then I will ask the physio to come out. Thank you for asking about her XX 

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

no problem...we all have our own opinions based on previous experiences :-)

 

Mine with the physio has always been positive. It was actually my vet who first recommended her and I must say, I swear by her now! If its an obvious injury (i.e definite lameness, cuts or bleeding) I call the vet....for any 'feeling' issues I call my physio! lol They actually work together and I know if I call one, they will quite often ask if I've spoken to the other and ask permission to call them to 'cross-examine'

 

It probably helps that my physio is veterinary trained....a lot of physios are human physios who have retrained...I believe there are only a few in the country who first went down a veterinary route before training as a physio?

 

Anyway - hope you get to the bottom of it. It sounds like she is not a happy bunny at the minute! (It's our own fault for moving from our lovely welshies onto bigger mares! lol)

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: I'm baffled, can anyone explain this behaviour ?

Another vote for physio - mine is a qualified veterinary physio and she has repaired Blair many many times with all his mishaps, even when I thought it was futile.  She often picks up on things the vet doesn't, and she uses ultrasound and pulse magnet equipment and you can literally see the stress disappearing in front of your eyes.  Blair absolutely adores her and she gets quite a welcome when she comes, and she spends about 2 hours each time she comes out massaging from head to toe, well worth the £60 fee.

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