My 19 yo haflinger is going pretty strongly considering his age. I just started riding after a long winter and I've found that his pretty stiff in his rear end. I almost thought he was lame but he does it on both back legs. Yet, when I trot and canter he isn't stiff. I did have a lameness exam done on him in September and these were the results:
RF- 1/5 fetlock
LF- high-med splint old. Neg palp
LH- stifle flex 1/5 hock flex 1/5
RH- stifle flex-neg hock flex-neg
Now, he doesn't seem in pain and I did bute him this morning and it doesn't seem to have helped any. The vet did say he should have hock injections but I was trying to stay away from those. He does get smartpaks smartflex ll support. And he's been on those since about February and I thought they were really helping until he's been recently stiff. I didn't notice any stiffness last year when I got him and the vet didn't say anything about it. My farrier took a quick look at him and said he seems stiff. But, he doesn't work out of it when I ride, he isn't stiff at a trot or canter though.
Opinions? I'm afraid I might be hurting him but he's not in any pain I can see. Just stiff.
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