many of you know that I've been having some problems with my warmblood being in pain from something. Initial things were ruled out in the beginning when the farrier said his feet & legs were fine. Then we got his teeth done and the chiropractor for his back and he seemed great.
There was still something a little not right with him but I had only got to ride him a few times before we started having the same problems again. I knew as soon as I got on him and he tensed up and put his ears back that it was the same problem that he had had before. So I got the chiropractor out again. He crunched and massaged for about half an hour and said that he was out of whack worse than he was the first time and that was pretty bad. Nothing had happened that we had seen or done that could have caused it. Even the chiro said that. But he wasnt entirely sure what did cause it. His best guess was being the alpha horse that he is maybe he is getting a little too boisterous in the paddock and is slipping over a bit or getting into disagreements with other geldings.
I hopped on him 4 days after that chiro visit and he wasnt too bad but once again still not completely right. So I just walked him around a little and hopped off. The chiro came out to see another horse there the other day and I mentioned to him how he still isnt right. He looked at him again and found more problems. He said he is really confused because each time there are new problems. Its not like the same spot every time. Its all different stuff. This time he worked on this spot on his rump that made him kick like a mule for 10 minutes until it was finally sorted. He said something was being pinched in there. He also worked a spot near his stifle that had some ligament probs.
Then yesterday when we got there he cantered down from the back paddock and even from a distance he looked terrible. He was cantering normally with his front legs but his back legs were barely moving and he was pulling up very short in his stride. When he started trotting his back hooves were landing about 8 inches short of his front hoof marks. Once he slowed down he slowed way down and had a really slow almost painful walk. I checked him over for anything visible that might have happened but there was nothing. And he was sore. I tried to give him a little brush cause he had been in the dam and was covered in mud but he kicked at me and bit at me when I brushed his back.
So obviously its his back but why are so many things happening with it? If its not one thing its a different thing or things usually. Nearly all year he has been having probs with his back, bar the first 3 months-ish. He's been ridden all of a dozen times and most of those times all we have done is a little w/t/c work. Sometimes on the bit but only because he did it not because I was asking at that time. Saddle fit is fine. For the rest of the time he's been grazing and resting.
Its so frustrating and upsetting because I know he's in pain all the time and nothing I do seems to help the poor bugger