Does your horse buck under saddle, bite or nip when being saddled, toss his head or open his mouth when ridden?
Does your horse refuse jumps or favour one canter lead or half pass left, but not right?
Does your horse feel “just not right”?
If you answered YES to any of the above-reduced performance indicators or your horse presents with uneven gaits, rearing when ridden, holding his tail tightly or to one side, dips his back when saddled - it is likely he has back problems.
Back problems leading to pain can occur in any horse from the weekend trail mount or the Pony Club pony to the elite dressage or jumping performance horse.
Back pain can be primary or may be caused by lameness issues causing the horse to move incorrectly which leads to the back muscles becoming overloaded and sore.
The first step to increasing performance in your horse is to address any ill-fitting tack and formulate a diet appropriate to the workload. Correct and regular hoof care is paramount as is regular dental checks and schooling/training should also be designed to suit the age, experience and limitations of the horse.
It is then that an investigation into the underlying cause and origin of the undesired behaviours and reduced performance can begin.
At Vt-IR we can help to isolate where the cause may lie and together will work with your industry professionals to begin a treatment plan to assist your horse return to full performance.