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Old 31-07-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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Thanks to everyone who has posted. My old boss came out today and I ended up getting him to have a look at my boy and he confirmed the unbalanced theory and has given me an extensive insight into the problem, ways to work with and improve the problem etc not to mention an hours worth of anatomy lesson

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Old 01-08-2008, 12:15 PM   #2
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How do you know he's not sore? Have you had him looked at by anyone? Muscle issues can make a horse uneven without being lame, as can hoof problems and even saddle fit!!
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Cause I have had chiropractor, bowen and most recently deep tissue out to him. His saddle has been fitted to him, its an isobell wirth dressage saddle and he doesn't actually get ridden much just once a week by my instructor. His main work comprises of lunging and walking him in hand. I am just so frustrated with the situation. The next step will be veterinary intervention but we all know what that costs. And if he was sore the general rule is he wouldn't track up which he does.
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if you mean uneven as in during trot he kind of skips and looks a little lame-ish, then its probably that hes not off your leg enough or balanced. try trotting him on the wrong diagonal and if he trots fine then thats your problem. my horse skips on the right rein if im on the right diagonal due to being an unbalanced horse whos not truely off my right leg. my instructor and i are working through several exercises to sort it out. but meanwhile, no dressage judge has noticed me being on the wrong diagonal yet, so i just trot him on the wrong diagonal in my test, and save the hop skipping and jumping for training at home
but i could be totally wrong in regards to your horsey, hope this helps
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Get the vet already, personally my money would be on mild arthritis.
If their joints are getting sore, they can be level to trot up, completely fine under chiro, bowen etc, but just don't feel quite 'right' when you ride.
Sounds like he's a candidate.
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if you mean uneven as in during trot he kind of skips and looks a little lame-ish, then its probably that hes not off your leg enough or balanced. try trotting him on the wrong diagonal and if he trots fine then thats your problem. my horse skips on the right rein if im on the right diagonal due to being an unbalanced horse whos not truely off my right leg. my instructor and i are working through several exercises to sort it out. but meanwhile, no dressage judge has noticed me being on the wrong diagonal yet, so i just trot him on the wrong diagonal in my test, and save the hop skipping and jumping for training at home
but i could be totally wrong in regards to your horsey, hope this helps
That is exactly it. We have to use a little bit more outside rein and he goes a bit better in sitting trot also. I will definately try riding on the wrong diagonal tomorrow. I am so relieved you read this. You know exactly where I am coming from. I was really starting to get disheartened with him. If you have any information on the exercises you r trying could you please pass them on I would be so greatful.
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Get the vet already, personally my money would be on mild arthritis.
If their joints are getting sore, they can be level to trot up, completely fine under chiro, bowen etc, but just don't feel quite 'right' when you ride.
Sounds like he's a candidate.
I spare no expense with my horses I just didn't feel like a vet would be able to help for some reason and if he is just unbalanced as posted how many vets (unless they ride themselves) would have been able to tell me that without going through xrays etc? If I thought he was uncomfortable or in pain in any way I would get a vet without hesitation but I just knew it was something that could be explained without veterinary intervention. I also give all my horses celery seed which helps with lubricating their joints to a small extent.
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X-rays will tell you what is going on in the joints (in terms of bones), but a vet will still be able to rule out other causes of discomfort you might not have thought of. You could be surprised at how a vet can pick up on very slight uneveness, after all, it's their job.
My horse was completely level to trot up and on the lunge, but he just wasn't quite right - he was a bit reluctant to go forward and felt off around corners, not lame, just like he had a 'hitch' somewhere.
I didn't particularly want to pay for X-rays on all 4 legs, so the vet did some flexion tests (I know they are controversial) and suggested a course of pentosan. 6 months on and the problem has almost disappeared, it's a big improvement.
You say that you feel a vet can't help (how do you know this?) but if you spare no expense, you should at least get him vetted to confirm this.
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tb4me trust me, if it is what my horse does its not actually lameness, its just like a hop in their trot, its from being unbalanced on a particular leg and if it all goes away when up4thechase rides her horse on the wrong diagonal then no vets r needed, just good quality instruction!! but of course ive never ridden or seen the horse, so i could be wrong, but it just sounds like what my boy does!!! and yeh its not soreness or joint problems or anything of the sort, just something that needs to be sorted over time.
up4thechase it all depends on your horse, id get yourself a super instructor, the last 2 instructors ive had have all picked up on my horses problem immediately, and one of them is probably one of WAs better dressage riders/coaches and said...just ride him on the wrong diagonal in your competitions until it is all sorted. lots of counter flexion helps, leg yielding to get him moving off your leg, into your outside hand, move the hindquarters out as chances are, they probably swing inside too much
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up4thechase: you say you've already gone through a whole list of experts who have been unable to pinpoint the problem for you, or fix it. You also say you spare no expense in caring for your horse. But you seem very reluctant to get out a vet??????

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