April 23, 2010 at 5:12 am #252003
This is from another forum I go on and the poster gave me permission to copy and paste her question here. Does anyone have any suggestions about what is going on with her horse? Any responses given will be forwarded onto her with your permission.
“We have a relaxed-natured trail-riding horse, age and breeding unknown, but possibly late teens, and a QH type. She is exhibiting strange symptoms, similar to colicky signs. The most pronounced symptoms are repeated, extreme stretching down and forward, as though simply having a stretch, but she does this over and over again. This is mainly seen at the end of the day, after doing 20-25 minute trail rides with 30-60 minutes rest in between each ride. She is paddocked, with ample access to pasture, water, mineral block, etc. Can anyone offer any advice? Has anyone seen this before? Ideas we have wondered about but which have not seemed to be conclusive as measures taken have not changed the symptoms are: stomach ulcer, badly fitting saddle? Could it be a worm-damage or poisonous plant issue? Please advise if you have any ideas! Thanks a million! :-)”April 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm #461311brymarkMember
Am I understanding this right, twenty 25 minute trail rides?April 24, 2010 at 1:13 am #461312KirstyMember
If my sums are right then that would mean 25 minute ride then 30min minimum rest. 25 rides equals 24 hours so I think it just means the rides are between 20 and 25 minutes in duration and the number of rides per day isn’t mentioned….I think:shrug:April 24, 2010 at 5:08 am #461313
Yeah I have just noticed that. I will see if I can find out how many rides a day the horse does.April 24, 2010 at 6:22 am #461314brymarkMember
I hope its wrong:uhoh:April 24, 2010 at 11:19 am #461315Burra MalucaMember
How exactly is she stretching?
Or like this?
Or like this?April 24, 2010 at 11:47 am #461316TamandcoMember
leaning back is a symptom of laminitis. is it leaning, or stretching?
could be tying up, build up of lactic acid. otherwise known as monday morning sickness or azoturia (sp?) from too much high energy feed per exercise (carbs)April 24, 2010 at 11:49 am #461317TamandcoMember
just re read the post. is she a trail riding mount? could be a sign or boredom. a habit like weaving or windsucking. I wonder???April 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm #461318HummerKeymaster
Could it be muscle soreness ?April 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm #461319BobbeeMember
Has the horse been seen by a Vet???
If not, why not????
If yes, what does the Vet say?????
:hug::hug::hug:April 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm #461320AndreKeymaster
Am I understanding this right, twenty 25 minute trail rides?
My thinking is that 20-25 min rides means the rides are approximately 20 to 25 mins in length :shy:April 25, 2010 at 12:02 am #461321CindyMember
This poor horse should have been seen by a vet immediately – some of the reasons why she is exhibiting this behaviour could result in permanent unsoundness or her having to be put-to-sleep. I really encourage the owners to get either a vet or a very knowledgable horse-person out to her a.s.a.p. – something is not right. Hopefully it’s not too late :(:(:(April 25, 2010 at 3:22 am #461322
Ok from the other forum I finally got a reply and it was this.
Trail rides are pretty intermittent… sometimes she won’t be ridden for a week, sometimes a couple of times a week. She might only two 2 or 4 20-25 minute rides (walking) in a day, with ample rest in between (and a feed at lunch). I don’t think it’s tying up, she moves freely when she’s moving, she just fidgets (swishes her tail, minor stomping with hind legs (but no actual kicking at the belly), and tries to walk around) and stretches at the end of the day. But she has been know to cross her legs excessively whilst going up hill.April 25, 2010 at 3:26 am #461323
The horse isn’t hers Cindy. It is owned by someone she knows.April 25, 2010 at 3:32 am #461324
I should also point out that they are going to get her rechecked with a vet. They suspect she might have a pinched or trapped nerve, going by replies they have received.
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