Simon is still not quite right. I’m just a few bad rides away from the crazy train… hell who am I kidding – I’m probably already on the crazy train. I may have been born on the cray train. Here’s the timeline:
- Thursday, January 30th: Simon comes out stiff, works out of it
- Friday, January 31st: Simon comes out stiffer, works out of it but I give him the night off
- Saturday, February 1st: Simon looks great in the AM, we go show, he’s solid all day minus some funny strides in the flat class…. I scratch last class
- February 2nd – 7th: Simon gets time off (w/ 1g Bute daily)
- February 4th: Vet sees Simon, diagnoses sore front feet & perscribes Bute
- February 8th: I ride walk/trot. He is nqr tripping in the hind
- February 9th: I ride walk/trot. He is nqr tripping in the hind
- February 12th: Trainer rides. He comes out weird RF but works out of it and then has a good ride
- February 13th: Chiro visit, nothing remarkable to report
- February 15th: I ride w/t/c he feels pretty good
- February 16th: I lesson. w/t/c feels okay, we jump some small stuff and he is jumping amazing.
- February 17th: I ride, he trips a lot in the hind and doesn’t feel right… I despair
The video below was taken on 2-8-14. I see a sound horse, but the same day he didn’t feel right u/s.
So to make a long story short, we’ve been nqr off/on for two solid weeks now. Trainer sees a slight offness in RF, but nothing in hind. I feel like his hind is super week, and he is tripping a lot more than he should be in the back.
Reasons he would be tripping? Locking stifles, my weight, improper saddle fit. Problem is, none of this appeared overnight. He’s always had locking stifles and the problem disappeared once he got fit. It’s not like he magically lost muscle in two weeks. I also didn’t gain 100lbs overnight, and we’ve had a variety of different saddles on him with the same result.
I talked to trainer on this Monday, and we decided I pretty much have two options.
A) He has a cut/small open wound on his LH inside fetlock. Survey says this is either caused or not healing because he is interfering. We can boot him for turnout and riding and try to get that sucker to heal 100%. Trainer thinks his ‘tripping’ is actually him hitting that hurt spot by interfering. We can try boots, get it to heal, and see if it improves.
B) Have vet out and ride him for the vet so vet can see funky hind end behavior. Chase mystery lameness.
For now, I’m going with option A even though my gut feeling is that we may be looking at something significant here. Still, the worst thing I have lost is a week or two of time and money spent towards boots… and let’s be honest… I love horse boots! I picked up some fetlock boots for turnout and riding and some BoT hock boots to help those ‘ugly’ hocks of his.
Curious any opinions of arm chair vets. I’m stumped and borderline depressed. This is the shining turd on top of my poo icing cake so far this year.