Q. My horse dips away when I mount - I thought this was just normal for her but my new instructor says it could be an indicator of back pain. Is this correct?
A. Your horse might have what is known as a 'cold back' and this could be a sign of back pain.
Some other signs of back pain are tenderness when touched over specific areas, obviously over the back, but also areas such as the neck, loins and quarters; stiffness and restricted movement generally; difficulty in stepping backwards and problems when turning short. (Keep your horse's back healthy) A horse's performance may deteriorate when he has back pain so it's always worth reviewing regularly how your horse has performed in lessons, at shows and so on. Changes can also come on gradually and owners sometimes do not immediately recognize there is a problem.
Initially, ask your vet to check over your horse. Some problems can be solved using other professionals such as saddlers, Equine Muscle Release Therapy practitioners, massage specialists and so on.
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