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Good day
I am at a complete loss and am after an little advice please.
I live in England I am a very experienced rider both normal English and side saddle competing all over the country and I have rode for the queen !! sounds grand but I turned into a nervous wreck !!!
My top horse for 9 years recently went to stud she was covered and AI but nothing has worked it was last chance saloon she is 17 but hey it was not ment to be she is my superstar and I love her. So she has come back home from the stud, I have had her back checked prior to riding and started lunging daily taking it slowly!!! 4 WEEKS LATER I am at a total loss with her i decided to try and ride her to which she is awful throwing her head tossing me forward and back in the saddle she looks agitated by me just being there either riding or lunging !!!! Can my horse be completely lost !!!!!!!!!!
Any advice would be appreciated
G Hulme

Hello Georgina,

I am not a veterinarian, but I would guess that something happened to your mare's back or while she was at the stud farm.  Could be a vertebrate out of alighnment or something similar.  The stallion's hoofs might have hit her somewhere...or God knows whatall may have happened to her.  I definitely think it is in her spine...or a set of muscles along the spine. You have to discover what is causing the pain.

I would have a vet/equine masseuse come to check her out. They work wonders with spine misallignments.

I hope you get this worked out. She is a lovely mare.




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I now live in Tucson, AZ. My expertise is in training and rehabilitating horses, and training riders for combined training for over 40 years, in Virginia and California. This includes dressage, cross country obstacles and show jumping. In my many years of experience and endless study of Classical theory, and my hands-on retraining horses,I have accummulated much knowledge of the different personalities of horses and how to approach their rehabilitation. At my age, I do not ride as much as I used to, but I don't see why I have to waste the experience I have. I can answer certain questions about starting young horses in English riding: dressage, jumping, cross country obstacles and basic equitation. I can help with rehabilitation of spoiled or difficult horses; however, many problems require sustained riding instruction/training and I cannot do this online. Some issues need to be observed to come to a correct diagnosis. If your problem is of this type, please find a qualified instructor/trainer. I cannot give riding lessons via email.


Experience in the area: Over 40 years of English riding experience, including Fox Hunting in Virginia where I earned my colors with the Blue Ridge Hunt, training young horses for hunting and/or eventing. Coached a rider from her beginning at Training Level Combined tests through her competition at two Junior International competition Three Day Events. She rode my horse that I also started and trained her to ride. This combination competed in the World Championship Three Day in Lexington, KY in 1978. I trained another horse (TB) through 3rd Level Dressage and jumping. He eventually competed at Advanced level Three Day. I have reschooled several horses with difficulties ranging from running away to running backward, to not allowing a bridle to be put on, to kicking out at the farrier, being "too much on the muscle over jumps", barn sour, etc

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Six novels (I am also a novelist)

Some college. Endless study of Classical Theory and training methods.

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