I need some reassurance
My AWB mare, Uma, has been showing signs of EPSM for the past couple of weeks. She has been grumpy under saddle, reluctant to canter, and off-and-on lame and the lameness seems to switch legs.
Then, this week, she began to stomp both of her hind feet down at the same time when asked to do the right lead canter. The right lead has always been very hard for her but she has never been physically incapable of doing it. She can pick it up, but she has no strength to maintain it. I have been working this horse all year, she should be able to canter, especially because she was fine a month ago and her left lead is still great. It's so sad to watch her attempting to canter, she wants to please, but she physically can't
She had surgery on her stifle when she was 3 (she is 7 now) for a sequestrum (dead bone in her leg that if not removed, could have broken her leg) and she came back fine from that. But I'm worried that because it is in her left stifle, that might be the reason she is having some trouble. She has always had weak stifles (not diagnosed, just generally weak) and her back end is entirely too small for the rest of her body. Hence, fitness is hard.
My main concern is that she will never be able to jump again. If she can't jump, I don't know what I am going to do. Obviously I can't keep her (I've had her since she was 10 mos. Old) because I already have one horse that does nothing, deservedly so, but still. She is a great trail horse, but if she can't canter and can only be ridden lightly, I am afraid that she won't be happy . She is high maintenance in the weight building/keeping department and I don't know if anyone would want her. She's really not that good of a breeding candidate because of the way she is built.
I'm so scared that the vet is going to tell me she can't jump, or she has to be put down.
Hopefully the solution will be some hard-core chiropractic
Sorry for the book, I just needed to get my feelings out somehow