My 10 year old TB cross has been having some sensitivity lately, particularly when ridden. He has not been wanting to stand still for mounting and moves off before I even get in the saddle. The last time I got on him he immediately sucked in and tried to buck. After crow-hopping a few steps I got him to stand still enough to dismount. The next day I called my equine chiropractor to examine him. Sure enough, he had a couple of painful mis-alignments directly over his loins. Everything appeared to be normal after his adjustment.
Following the adjustment, “Brego” has been on stall rest with limited turnout and longeing sessions. He has also showed sensitivity during grooming and bathing, particularly along his back and rump. He is currently receiving maintenance doses of Smartdark and Handsome, Smart Calm, Fluid Flex, and 5000 mg of Ester C. His english and western saddles fit well with minimal help from a orthopedic gel pads. He is otherwise healthy and is up to date with vaccinations and dental work.
I suspect that he may have some nervous system issues, but I want to hear other horsepeoples’ opinions before I seek costly veterinary advice. Any comments are appreciated!
*Picture below is not current, current body condition much improved. Just for body shape and conformational reference.
My initial reaction is that any musco-skeletal injury can take 3 weeks to heal. I’m unsure of the timeline for this issue, but if he hurt his longissmuss dorsi muscle in anyway and was then ridden, he could have re-injured himself. I would give him a few weeks of rest (no longeing, riding, etc.) with moderated turn-out on good footing. If he’s not any better, then call the vet. This has happened to each of my horses, and two weeks off with a few days of phenylbutazone (no more than 2 grams a day, supervised by my vet) did the trick.
Also, he could be compensating for some limb soreness, which can cause secondary back soreness. Also, it never hurts to have a saddle fitter double check your saddles. My paint gelding’s saddle went from fitting him perfect to making him sore in three months. Any weight changes from summer grazing or muscle growth or loss from exercise can affect how a saddle fits. Good luck, and hopefully Brego starts to feel better soon!
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