Nelson is lame, yet again. But this one is confusing. Saturday, a friend was using him in a Hunter/Jumper schooling show and during their warmup, Nelson tripped, stumbled and fell on his right knee.
I wasn't there, I didn't see it. But I caught them walking while my Coach was examining Nelson, so I rushed over to see what was going on.
I couldn't feel heat, neither could my Coach, but when he was walking, you could definitely see a limp. So she hand walked him around a bit, and he came out of the limp at the walk, and we asked for the trot. At the trot it was apparant.
So we untacked him and I hosed off his front legs 20 minutes each, gave him bute and put liniment on them. For the next 3 days I did the same thing.
All week, he seemed fine. No swelling, no heat. He played in his paddock normally - so I tack him up today.
At the walk both ways, perfectly fine. So we walked for a good 20 mintues, and then I asked for the trot. We went clockwise, and he was perfectly fine. The moment we went counter, there was the limp again.
I hopped off right away, untacked him and walked him around a bit. I called friends over and they felt his ankles and tendons - nothing. We are baffled.
Now I ran my hands down his back on both sides, and he was very tender. So maybe his back is out? I don't know.
None-the-less, I pulled us out of the May 2nd HT.
My Vet is coming out tomorrow to check him over, so we'll find out what is up. Thankfully she is a certified chiro as well.
*sigh* *sigh* *double sigh*
I hosed his legs off again today for 20 minutes each, and the whole time, I was crouched down crying.