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My 14yr old american paint horse mare problem:

when I ride her she gives small kicks and pins her ears down, she didn't do this ever before, it is hard to make her listen. Is it just because its spring and I didn't ride much this winter? Please help!

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Possibly. Or she may be coming in heat. Also, check to be sure there is not some sort of back problem, or a burr or sharp something or other in your saddle blanket. They don't always show up to the naked eye; run your hand over the underside of the blanket and saddle for anything prickly. Even something little could make her "antsy".

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Check:
Her back, may be in pain
Her saddle: for some odd reason it might not fit
Maybe even the location she is in, she may feel threatened?
Like person above: she may be coming into heat
Hope I helped :) contact your vet maybe? I rode mare that was like that when she was coming into heat

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If you had'nt ridden her all winter she may have gained some weight (like my gelding) the saddle might pinch a little over her withers, also, she probably just needs to get back into the swing of things, give her some time and do lots of ground work! Hope this helped!

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It could be because of being in heat, saddle pinching or out of a riding routine. Also check her hooves and gait in a round pen/while lunging: make sure there's nothing stuck InHer hooves or other injuries/stiffness.

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I'm with the others, check your saddle fit first. Lack of exercise/loss of muscle tone can change the way your saddle fits. Also check your saddle, make sure the tree isn't twisted/ broken. Little kicks is usually excess energy but pinned ears makes it more a comfort/ pain issue.

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