The horse was not designed to be ridden but we as humans ask them to carry out many activities such as racing, jumping, working in collection and performing intricate movements. The horse not only has to carry out these activities but support the weight of the rider. Certain factors can lead to back pain and they include: ill fitting tack, bad shoeing and dentistry, stress and over exertion or injury through trauma.  

Reasons for treatment anne mctiernan

  • Bucking, rearing, kicking or biting to avoid being ridden
  • Not wanting to stand while being mounted
  • Intermittent lameness
  • Uneven muscle development
  • Problems with canter lead
  • Change in behaviour
  • Unwilling attitude to work
  • Unwilling to work on the bit or a circle
  • Refusing at fences
  • Jumping fast or flat instead of basculing properly
  • General reduction in performance
  • Maintenance check

These problems may be the result of back pain but could also be the result of other underlying problems.