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Kissing spine
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 Posted: Sat Aug 1st, 2015 08:18 pm
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Hi guys
Looking for people's opinion, my chiropractor has said that my horse may have mild kissing spine, chiro used a top of a needle cap and ran it down his spine, when she got to the lumber area of his spine there was a very mild reaction, which she then said he may have kissing spine, my horse under saddle has been not wanting to go forward in trot, gets very cranky and turns and bites my feet, he also braces himself againts me, I usually push him out of it, which he then works over the back forward and soft. I have had my vet asses him as a second opinion, his diagnosis was not kissing spine , but ulcers, what diagnosis would you go for. I'm confused.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 2nd, 2015 02:15 am
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Kenneth, you need to learn to prioritize who you listen to. Your "chiro" is probably not a degreed person, and in this case, they're selling you a load of poop.

To protect yourself, Kenneth, the first thing is for you, yourself, to become more knowledgeable. A knowledgeable consumer is harder to fool. So, to begin with, I need to ask you -- are you entirely clear what 'kissing spines' would actually mean? If so, please reply by writing me a description. If not -- tell me so that I may explain it to you.

As to your vet's diagnosis -- probably right as far as it goes. Lots of horses have ulcers, especially horses owned by riders who are less than expert, and/or who do not have much insight as to what makes horses 'tick' on the inside. So if your horse has ulcers, then you go ahead by all means and pay to have him treated for that.

Nonetheless I do not expect this to solve the problems with his reluctance to go forward, or with grumpily trying to bite you. In other words, I think it would be most reasonable to regard the ulcers as another result of what is causing the grumpiness, rather than the cause of the grumpiness.

Far more likely to be the direct cause are two factors: your riding skills (or lack of them); and the saddle fit. To assess either of these I'll need you to post one photo of each. I need one photo showing you riding the horse in the tack you ordinarily ride in, in the manner that you ordinarily ride, at a trot in an arena. I will need another photo showing the horse unmounted but with the saddle on; we'll begin with that and then go farther if needed.

It will also be helpful for me to know a little more about your horse, i.e. breed, sex, height, weight, and age. -- Dr. Deb


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