Q: I have owned my seven year old gelding for nearly a year and
have changed his saddle twice in that time, as has altered shape.
there have been no problems however that last time I rode he seemed
less energetic than usual and tried to lower his head at ever opportunity.
I asked the owner of the livery yard to check his back and he noticed
that my horse appeared uncomfortable, with some tension in the muscles.
What should I do now?
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need to be careful when dealing with back pain such as this. It
is most likely that your horse has muscle damage in his back as
a result of difficulties with the fit of his saddle or an injury
sustained while out in the field.
If you do not
manage this problem correctly the situation will get worse. There
is also a chance that the problem could be deeper than a muscle
-related one, and involve the bony parts of the spine. You should
not ride your horse until he is completely better.
Call you vet
immediately and ask him to look at your horse in order to assess
the damage. Anti-inflammatories can be used to reduce the pain and
soreness, and also speed recovery. In addition, I treat such conditions
with herbs and use ginger, frankincense, devils claw and prickly
ash. I also use antioxidants to limit muscle damage, and
magnesium products to improve the availability of this mineral to
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