Even though we had a fun weekend at the schooling show, something is nagging me in the back of my head – Simon is NQR. Here’s the timeline:
Wednesday: Trainer jumps Simon 2’9″ – 3′ in training ride. She says he is awesome.
Thursday: I ride Simon in a lesson. He starts off feeling a little weird every now and then in the hind, but not consistent. By the time I get the words out of my mouth for trainer to take a look at him while we’re warming up trotting, he’s feeling good and looking normal. We lesson.
Friday: I come out to right and Simon feels slightly worse than Thursday night. I ask a fellow rider, and she says he looks off in RH. I get off and put him on the lunge line to take a look. Two laps on the lunge line and he looks normal trotting. I get back on and he feels normal. I trot two laps and call it a night, thinking he could use the night off. Call trainer and we think his hocks are sore from the extra work load lately. Give him a little bute and resolve to check him in the morning, because with hock fusing you’re supposed to keep them active even if they’re not 100% sound sometimes.
Saturday: I get out early to check and see if Simon is sound to go show. I literally wake him up from laying down, take him directly to the ring, and put him on the lunge line. He takes some stiff steps in the hind, but there’s not one specific foot or area and he did just get up. Within a few laps he works out of it and looks good. I decide to take him to the show and see how he looks/feels before I get on.
At the show, he lunged 100% sound in the morning. I get on to school, and he feels pretty good. The only weirdness we had all day was at the end during the flat class. He was trotting sound feeling good but when we turned a corner down the entire long side he felt really weird in the hind. Best way I can describe it is that it felt like I had nothing to post to. By the time I thought “okay I have to pull him up if this continues” he started trotting 100% normal again when we got to the corner. I finished the class, but scratched the following class.
I got off at the ring and loosened the girth after the weirdness in the flat class. We started to go back to the trailer, and he got about 10 steps before taking a giant pee. We’re talking standing on tip toes, grunting, giant pee… and Simon hates to pee in front of other people or while worked, so there is no telling how long he held it.
I’m a bit stumped, but with everything going on with BT I really can only focus on one hurt animal at a time. Based on all that, I don’t have a definitive answer but the plan is this:
- Expedite plan to inject hocks
- Give him a few days off
- Having vet out this afternoon to take a look at him and see what the best plan is moving forward
I’ve never had a lameness or strangeness that was so off and on. Hopefully my vet will come back to me with “looks sore in the hocks, time to inject” and not “you broke your horse’s back and should be fired as a horse owner.” Meh.
Do any of y’all have similar stories of weirdness to share?