So like a year ago me and Twink somersaulted, we went to change leads and he just tripped and went forward, I was okay besides a jammed shoulder and twink got up like he was fine but was pretty cut up if anyone remembers me posting the pictures. I had him worked on by a horse massuse(sp?) and chiropractor. He seemed fine for awhile but here and there he started having issues with keeping his head down and collected, he refused to collect as he picks the lead up and will go to collect but the second the inside leg extends in the canter he tosses his head up and out, he's also diving on me in corners of the arena as if guarding his neck or shoulder and continues to drop his shoulder no matter what I do.
And if I put a shank in his mouth nad ask for collection to see if he's just bein a brat he runs through the lope so I went back to the snaffle and he stopped running through it but didnt want to collect. I took him to the vet a couple months ago and the vet determinded it was a foot issue and I spend over 500$ in vet bills x-rays ect. But my usual vet was listening to what I was saying and is now pretty scared that he has a fracture in his neck from the somersault but is hoping its something less severe but either way Twinkie has to go in for more x-rays as soon as possible....
My vet said if its a spinal issue theres ways to treat it but for the most part his athletic ability will be gone?
My questions are is that what it sounds like to you? What are treatment options normally for spinal neck fractures and we believe its in the lower neck. How is competition looking for him in his future, he's a pretty much all around horse, reining,cutting,cow work, barrels, poles, ect.
Any information of experience would help wonders thanks guys-