Back problem, Am I doing the right thing?

RubysGold

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I got my horse out the field on Monday to ride her. Started brushing her and she kept flinching away from the brush when I ran it along a certain part of her back. So I figured she'd hurt her back. So I gave her the day off work.
Brought her in Tuesday, she was no longer dipping away from the brush, so I decided to ride without a saddle, so 1) I could see how she felt and 2) I didn't want saddle to hurt her back. She felt slightly odd in trot and her canter was completely wrong, she was wanting to buck in pain, so I instantly got off. I then put her on a lunge line just to see if I could see any problems, on one rein she leaned completely in, like she was going to fall over, and on the other rein she leaned right out, and turned her head that way too. Obviously trying to get rid of the pain.
Brought her in Wednesday, rode her, again with no saddle, her walk and trot seemed absolutely fine, canter seemed slightly better but still wrong. So I got off.
So now I'm leaving her in the field until next Tuesday, when I will lunge her to see how she moves, and if it's still bad I will get a physio out. The only reason I haven't got one yet is because she seems to be getting better every day, so I think she must have done it on the monday.
Am I doing the right thing? If I'm doing the wrong thing please be nice about it, I'm just doing what I think is right.
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I would be inclined to call the Physio out anyway - if there is some muscular damage, soreness or stiffness, it will probably need to be manipulated by the physio in order for it to get better.
 

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Yep, I think you are doing the right thing. After she's had a bit of a rest, you might be best getting your saddle checked before working her in it again IMO.
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I had the back person out, despite if your horse is getting better by the day, because if she's taking it easy she will feel better but in actual fact there might be something that needs adjusting to prevent her doing it again (if its in the back) and you may need to carry out certain exersises to help.

I wouldn't panic though, better be on the safe side though.
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I'd be inclined to do as you are to be honest. I think sometimes these days we can have a tendency to be overly paranoid about our horse!

However, you are the only one who truly knows your horse at the end of the day - if you don't think she's 'right' then possibly best to get a decent physio to give her the once over. If you wanted to claim on insurance for this bear in mind you'd need a vet to refer you to a physio!

My brilliant-to-pick-his-feet-up pony once would not pick up his near fore at all - it was most odd, he seemed fine otherwise. Turned out he'd actually injured his shoulder. After a physio session he was back to normal again!

We just had 3 of ours 'done' yesterday by Tim Jarman - we get them checked quite regularly and he's great - and one turned out to have a very sore neck yesterday. However, I've heard he's not taking on new clients at the moment.

There is Jill Firth and Janet Ellis in the Yorkshire area both of whom are very good.
 
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