Could a trim cause worsening lameness?
Amber has been lame forever. She passed a PPE when I bought her, but in hindsight, I don't know how credible that vet really was - because she was lame when I bought her I now know, and she is simply worse now.
It's been a ride of various vets, farriers, and even having a kinesiologist work on her. Now we have had her hocks injected again, and having her stifles done is pending, as well as a chiropractic adjustment.
What the vet found was her pelvis was shifted to the right.
In all this, the vet was extremely surprised that Amber still moved quite well, and was so willing to work. This made us all very hopeful that with proper treatment and care, she may be able to return to doing small jumping at some point.
One concern that was on the side I had was her feet. I posted a while back about them, some of you may remember, but I was unhappy with my farrier because they were leaving the flare, causing her white line to separate.
I finally got a barefoot trimmer out, highly recommended, on Monday. She did a beautiful trim and really took her time with Amber.
On this same day, Amber had some allergic reaction to a bug or something, and broke out in hives. As I cold hosed them, a drop of water got in her ear, still not sure how because I wasn't near her head at all, but she panicked and sat down on her tie (a breakaway that did not break, sadly), and pulled pretty hard for several seconds. Enough to get a little cut on her hock. She was seemingly fine after a check over.
The next day, I was going to go for just a short walk down the road with a friend, and Amber was absolutely lame on her hind end. Dragging more than her toes, dragging the leg. It was so horrifying my trainer just said "get off, get off". She moved a bit better when I wasn't on board.
Amber goes back to the vet next week. Right now I'm just kind of trying to ease my mind with possibilities. I don't want to think it was the trim - because it's the best trim she's ever had. But part of me is wondering if maybe the way she was trimmed, because her balance and breakover changed, is what did it. Not that the trim itself is bad, but the way her feet were before was helping her to compensate for her lameness, making it look less severe.
Also I wonder if sitting back in the wash pit strained something, perhaps. I can only imagine it made her sore as crap the next day.
The trimmer did take off a little heel. The previous farriers NEVER took ANY heel.
Cinnamon Whiskey 11 y/o 15hh Chestnut AQHA mare, 2'6 Jumpers