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.