I have a relatively new (4 months) who is an 8 year old warmblood mare, who I have been riding but suddenly foundf she is bucking, only lightly- not to throw me off when I whip her in trot. She has also now started grinding her teeth, htoeing her head up and down and yetsrday started wlaking backwards. She has also started wlaking backwards when i try and mount her. I took her saddle off to check for pressure points or rubs but nothing visible. I had her teeth rasped when I got her as her 5* vetting suggested she had them done. Any ideas as to whhether it behavioural or she is in pain?
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 8
Type of Animal: horse
Name of Animal: looby lou
feeling around for any signs she is in pain, have felt by her loin which she puts her ears back at when i touch it and press, but that isnt anywhere near her saddle?
Although this could be a behavioral problem, you do need to rule out a physical problem such as a back problem first. To evaluate this, it is important to use firm steady pressure as you run your hands down both sides of the back and sacoiliac area. It is also important to evaluate the entire back, not just the saddle area. Evaluating saddle fit is imperative even if the back is not sore as she may not be happy in the saddle.Please Click REPLY if you need more info. Click ACCEPT if I have answered your question. Thanks you so much for allowing me to help! Remember, this cannot replace an exam by your veterinarian. Feedback and Bonuses are encouragedEdited by Rik Daniels on 10/26/2010 at 10:02 PM EST
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Thanks for your question. When did this behavior start? Have you been riding her consistently without any issues prior to this, or has she always shown signs of an issue (maybe the teeth grinding, etc.)? Did you ride her prior to buying her? Any issues?
How is she when lunging or loose in a round pen? Does she move forward willingly or show the same issues?
What do you feed her? What type of hay/grain, how much, how many times a day, etc....