I have a 9 year old mare, she was broke at 5, started on cutting from a facility in Oklahoma when she was 6, and sold at 7 because of her hatred for men (I’m thinking that she didn’t like their methods of training and such and blew up on them). I bought her right after she turned 7 and she was pretty much green. She knew her basics but nothing special. I let her fill out and grow into herself a bit more (she was a very late bloomer) and by the time she was 8 she finished growing. The first three months I had her she was a bit dangerous and unpredictable so I spent the majority of my time using the Clinton Anderson method with her which she seemed to respond very well to.
Anyways, she’s been on the barrel/pole pattern for about 2 or 3 years now and I’ve hauled her everywhere in Missouri and some in Kansas and Oklahoma. We mainly rodeo, family and high school rodeos. She runs 2D/3D on barrels and 1D on poles. But it hasn’t been an abundance of rodeos and jackpots…her life has been pretty mild and not too stressful. This past year we moved for the 2nd time and I gave her a 3 month break after fall had ended so she could recuperate and she just isn’t coming back well at all.
EVERYTHING that could go wrong, has gone wrong. I’ve known for a little bit about her hocks but at the time I didn’t have the money or a source of transportation to get her to the vet and get injections. But anyways, she’s ran twice since October, and is getting worked about 2 times a week…not too stressful, right?? Well my well mannered, no buck no bite mare has turned into a hell horse for me. She stops and rears randomly, bucks when I ask her to lope, feels dangerous no matter what I do. She’s reared 4 times with me, each time getting a little higher. It’s so scary and I’m afraid she’s going to fall over backwards. As for bucking…well she bucks each time I lope her and after 45 minutes of warm ups she’ll buck the whole time I run her.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “why are you running her if she’s hurting?” Well we thought we had subsided the problem by giving her a bit of bute, chiropracting her, and getting her worked on with the pulse theray machine. Plus I bought Back On Track hock boots for her.
Here’s what I know: Chiropractor said her ribs, hips, and poll were out of place. Makes sense, so I got her popped. Then he said her teeth needed done, which it’s about time so I understand, and then he said that her hocks definitely needed injections at this point. Her stomach is causing issues probably because of bute and stress also… (What a hot mess)
My question to you is how can I help her stay calm and out of pain until the last week on January when she gets her injections and teeth done? I’m planning on just not riding her but her energy level will be through and roof and I don’t want to lunge her because of the stress on the hocks.
Questions, tips, concerns??? I’d really like opinions on everything that I’ve said! Thanks!!