This all happened in the nine days we were not at our horses. I know it is not his feed or eating problem. All this happened so quickly in 9 days.
Today we went out and rode.
My friend came - so Golley got ridden today.
At a walk he is perfectly fine. At a trot both his front legs are a little bit stiff. At a lope, he really feels different....
Usually horses lope with legs extend out and bending almost every joint? Right?? Well today his front legs were stiff. Especially his front left leg.
I don't know how to explain it and I can't find any videos that can represent it fully... This video isn't what he is doing - but it is the best example I can find. You will see that this horse's front legs are in the air a lot and moving his head up and down to help get the legs off the ground quick.. Well Imagine that this horses legs and knees and pastern are all stiff and he is bobbing his head still and his knees and stuff are barely bending. He isn't changing feet and his hind legs are normal. It seems that his right front is better - but just a bit stiffer than usual. His front left, however, is barely bending.
He has also lost a ton of weight. Where his ribs end and there is his flank, it more visible than usual. I can see his ribs more than usual - but not horribly bad, just when he stretches out and I am right next to him I can see a little bumps from his ribs.
Watch the flanks in these photos.
This was about like how he was 9 days ago, look at the flank:
It is just the normal flank size he usually has.
This is kind of how he was like today. His flank really dropped in...it looks a little bit worse than in this photo.
I hope you can picture how his flank would be like. It is similar to the one above, just a little bit in further than usual.
I got on him and I could feel that he lost a lot of weight. I felt like I was going to just slip off because it almost felt like I was riding on a pool noodle in the pool - if you can kinda of vision that.
But the strange thing is that all of this happened in just nine days...
He checked everywhere and nothing was hot, swollen, or even colder than usual. We couldn't find anything that could be wrong.
I think that for his legs it might just be arthritis. My mom and I think that for is weight it just might be because he is starting to show his age. He is about 22 years old and his breed is a Blazer. None of the other horses have lost any weight.
I picked up his stiff foot and it didn't feel different t pick it up. But when he trot and lopes, not only can you feel it while riding, but you can SEE it. He is putting his weight on it, but he isn't stretching out like he normally should at a lope.
We are going out of town for the next three days and when we get back we are going to check up on him to see if there have been any changes - good or bad. When we get back and if it is the same or worse then I will get some photos of his flank and any other parts that look skinnier than usual. If he isn't worse than today then I will try and get a video of his loping so you can have a much better understanding.
We are going to get him vet checked when we get back as well - which is when we will have to show the vet how he rides anyways...
Please just pray for Golley. I am really worried and nervous. I have never had this happen to any of our horses, heck none of our horses have ever even gotten sick or injured. I really hope it isn't something bad though. But I know that that much weight loss in just nine days isn't good. If you have any ideas on anything - please let me know. I will get you more updated when we get more information.