Problems in the muscular system can present themselves in a number of ways, often which can be mistaken for behavioural problems. Any sudden change in behaviour/ locomotion could be an indicator there is a problem, some of the other signs to look for are;

  • Reluctance to being tacked up/ having the girth tightened.
  • Reluctance to the rider mounting/ acting ‘cold – backed’ once mounted.
  • Shortened stride.
  • Reluctance to work laterally.
  • Not wanting to work correctly from behind or favouring working on the  forehand.
  • Not tracking up.
  • Preferring one rein to the other.
  • Incorrect bend.
  • Bucking or rearing.