She's been on rest for 2 weeks, and was on Bute for almost a whole week, the lameness was much better. She was trotting and loping up to the gate without a head bob, now the head bob is back and she's showing lameness exactly as before. She's lame on the right side but after carefully watching her I saw, and hubby saw too, that she's not bobbing her head down, but up, to indicate the soreness is in her rear leg. I still think there's soreness in her shoulder because she turns slower on that side, but she was more sensitive to her right hip being pressed on, and that rear leg was stiffer than the left rear. Hubby hopped on her bareback while I had her on the lunge line and she did great, just stood there as usual, but within seconds of him getting on she took a few steps back real quick, not sure if she was getting ready to buck, or if something spooked her. But hubby got off then got back on after putting her next to a stump, and she didn't do anything that time and acted like her self.
So I guess more rest and I might as well forget about showing at all.
I am just aggravated because it seems like she's always lame and I don't want to sell her but I'd really love to have a horse I can ride too but we can't afford to buy another horse and have one that sits in a pasture and does nothing.
On the back right leg she has 2 old injuries. One is an old puncture wound on the back of her pastern from when she was 2, there's a bump there and she was very sensitive to us pushing on it. When the injury happened she was lame for a little while but then it had never bothered her again. The other injury I'm not real sure what happened, but it's been there for a while. On the front of the cannon bone there's a little bump that extends down about 3 inches or so.
When I took her to the vet she didn't check the back legs, just that right shoulder and she saw shoulder pain but her head bobbing up rather than down when that rear leg comes down tells me it's in the rear leg.
I just don't know what to do anymore with her. I still don't think it's EPM, she shows no symptoms of it.