It all started with him getting really back sore. Had a chiro out, gave him time off, he seemed fine. Tried riding him and he was sore again near his flank/loin area. Started massaging him, he is getting better. But I still can't ride him.
Another horse in the barn turned up back sore in exactly the same spot, so the vet was called. Vet's diagnosis was that both horses need hock injections. He said that it isn't actually their back that is sore, but rather their hock isn't working properly and is making them carry themselves funny, causing other soreness.
Anyway, my horse is 23 years old. He is the youngest acting horse in the barn, and we have some young horses. He acts more high strung and hyper than the 3 year old Thoroughbred that we have. So he is very young at heart and loves to run. I am curious as to what you guys think. Would it be better to try the hock injections and continue using him as a riding horse? Or retire him? He is sound on his own without injections, just not under saddle.
If I do retire him, I still have to pay the $400+ a month to board him as I refuse to sell him.
Anyone have experience with hock injections? Opinions on them?