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[RC] Vet ??-tailpull test - Laurie Durgin

Some behaviors are giving me a heads up --maybe--or an paranoia attack.
If you have your (12 yr old-968 lb.) horse walking forward in a straight line and give a steady pull to his tail sideways (as in a neurological/balance test) and you are a fairly strong average size 49 yr old women (duh-me)-- and you pull his rear sideways a good 2 feet with him taking 3-4 steps to rebalance himself semisideways, with him still walking forward--- and you do this test from both sides 3 or 4 times and get the same results/ and you couple this with; while him knowing you are going to mount from the rt. side on a trail ride and when you do from a rock and he goes off balance to the side several steps and some other things that could have other explanations that need to be eliminated... a few stumbles, a small bucking episode, some never before bucking on the lead while being led, maybe lack of impulsion--can't see anything at a trot or canter on a circle though.An evening in the arena that he felt sluggish, and maybe something was off...
So you go out and the tail pull with your mare, she reacts strongly, immediately.And you do it to your mellow 3 yr old,and you can pull him 4-6 inches before he braces , but not a hard reaction like my mare, but he only has to move his rear foot a couple inches to the side to steady himself.
What experiences are normal or not normal in the tail pull test?

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