On our yard there are some novice owners and riders that bought a horse about 6 months ago. About 5 months ago he started holding his tail up and to the right at all times except when he is standing still. We all suggested they get the vet to have a look and maybe get his back checked. The vet saw him and said he is not lame but they should get physio to check him over. Since then they haven't had the physio out and he always holds his tail up and right. I saw him ridden the other day and he is not engaging his hindquarters properly and looked very crooked. I mentioned it to the owner and they said they've decided it's just a habit and are not interested in having a physio out to see him. The horse has started to become quite upset recently, his behaviour has really deteriorated and I can't help feeling the two things are related. Our yard manager doesn't know what he can do. He has also tried to persuade them to have someone look at him. This week the horse has been rearing and bucking on the yard and in the school. Charging people in the field and just generally being dangerous. Does anyone have any advice as to what we can do? Would you say something? I don't want to come across as interfering but I really think this horse could be in a lot of pain?
And it could be Spring Fever as they this is the first Spring that they have known it. Could you organize a few horse that would like to see a physio, it would cut out the call out charge. It is tricky, in the end you can only do what you think is right.
That's a good point. Maybe the very recent behavior is down to spring fever. I have the physio coming out in 6 weeks and I've said I'm happy to pay call out and they will just need to pay for the assessment. They aren't interested. I guess, really, there isn't a lot we can do. I think I'm worried as I've known horses hold their tails like this before and it's turned out to be things like kissing spine and even a twisted pelvis.
They sound like fools for not taking your good advice. If their horse is out at grass when you physio visits why don't they take a look at him just walking round the field - they may spot something immediately without having to put hands on..
As a yard owner it is my responsibility to ensure all horses have appropriate care. I suggest and advise. If they choose not to take it and the horse continues to be inappropriately cared for, I ask them to leave.
Cannot bear novices who won't listen. Breaks my heart .
What breed is he? We have had a Welshie since last Septmber who holds his tail to the right. His behaviour has got progressively worse but we think he is just a git. On the verge of getting rid but have booked a specialist for next week.
Owners are not too sure what he is. A mix of several breeds apparently. They went away for the weekend and left my friend in change. He went quite lame and was holding his tail over his left hip. She called the vet and vet said he is lame in his right hip/back and possible problem with hock too, said he needs nerve blocks at the vets etc and a physio to check him over. Owners came back and cancelled the vet, said he's fine. They've started taking him to shows jumping. There is no telling some people. YM is going through the contract to see if they can terminate the contract with them.
Weird thing is, he always held it to the right before. Now seems to be mostly to the left. Occasionally we see him holding it to the right still. Vet wanted to do some more extensive test in case it's his spine/hips and it's causing trouble on both sides. He is very disunited in canter. Sometimes he reminds me of a foal the way he canters. Unbalanced and legs everywhere. Poor boy. He's a lovely lad, really.