Horse back pain

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  1. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    If you are unable to keep the horse sound at the current level of work and the additional things you're doing aren't enough to keep him sound, then you have very little hope to get him doing any more. To expect without further "out-put" is a bit ridiculous in my mind.

    So if you don't have the funds to do more to get the horse sound for light work - or you're not prepared to dump more money at it IN HOPES of getting the horse sound, then I would suggest you retire the horse, or drop it down to a level of work that is comfortable for the animal.

    I'm going to add that correct ridden work, where the horse works over the back is only a good thing with a horse with back problems (assuming the saddle fits & the rider is a good rider). It will have the horse lift his back, engaged his abdominal muscles which will only help the horse have less strain on it's back. BUT.....a poorly ridden horse, or a poorly fitting saddle is going to cause more harm than good. So if you & your cousin aren't riders capable of riding in such a manner, then I suggest you call it & retire the horse, as that is in the horses best interest.
     
  2. Elizabetg11

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    @bellalou it's the specialist at a University that told her he could do all she wanted, reining, low jumps, barrels ect. But after the second treatment it hasn't worked as well. And wasn't miracles anyways.
    I told her to try a different vet there or think about retiring now.
     
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    slc Senior Member

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    Many horses have kissing spine and even extensive pathology on imaging, and no symptoms.

     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    And if this horse had NO SYMPTOMS, there would be no thread....o_O
    Your point?
     
  5. Elizabetg11

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    @Rhythm 'n Blues unfortunately it isn't my horse. I ride him occasionally and only was doing so as she was admit its what the vet wanted. But I'm very skeptical. He seems uncomfortable and I think he should be retired.

    His current level of work has been trying to get him wtc. That's it. For years. I didn't start messing with him until the university gave her so much hope. But at this point I think it's not happening. But she wants to keep trying and ever has attempted putting him in training.

    I hope she can figure out the right thing to do.
     
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    He definitely he has symptoms. She's been trying to get him going for years.
    He's mostly sound I guess but gets sore in the hocks and can take a sore step around barrels.
    He drops his back when you palpate him and has no impulsion. At times will not move forward. Like will not trot ect.

    I just am confused how the vets are saying things are okay...
     
  7. GotaDunQH

    GotaDunQH Senior Member

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    Man oh man......listen to most of the folks on here, having a back/spine issue like what you described...does not go away without medical intervention which will cost $$. If the owner is not prepared to do that, then this horse needs to be retired to hang out in a pasture.
     
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    @GotaDunQH He's had injections, previcox, shockwave, but, Chiro, acupuncture. Saddles fitted ect. But he has multiple issues in his back. My question is is there actually hope he'll ever be pain free? And why are the vets promising sound for any sport... I don't understand it anymore. I think she should retire instead of dragging it out and definitely stop riding him.
     
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    GotaDunQH Senior Member

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    Like I said.....he needs to be retired. If all of that has been done by qualified professionals, there is NO fix and he'll be in pain.
     
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    But, is it really the vets saying it or wishful thinking of the owner and they can't say he is done because the owner doesn't want to hear it?
     

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