So Honey's been acting up a lot lately. It's really got me worried.
I know its winter, and the cool weather is bound to make her frisky and fresh, but she's not just excited....she's being really pissy.
When I saddle her she pins her ears and stomps her feet, and even tried to bite me once. I think her back is having some problems.....I ran my hand along her spine and she flinched when I put pressure on the lower area.
And one of her legs as well. I was doing some ground work and when I went to put pressure on her rear to move her over, she started quivering and pinned her ears, stomping her feet and jumping away. I calmed her down and tried again and she very nearly kicked me. But when I did get near enough to feel her, there was no sign of heat anywhere on her legs or hips.
Just arthritis, maybe? But the days and nights haven't been as cold, and it would've come on overnight because she was fine the previous day when I rode her. And of all the horses that we've owned with arthritis, none have ever reacted so violently just from me touching their legs.
She eventually stopped and I could feel her all over with no problems....wierd. So I decided one ten minute ride in the saddle wouldn't hurt. I got on and just walked her around, but she started quivering and even reared on me. That's when I got off and looked her over, and this time her back leg did feel hot. I walked her back to he trailer and tied her, and by the time I was done untacking the heat was gone. Strange enough?
I was thinking some Aspirin would be a good idea to give her, but I want to be sure she's alright before riding. Aspirin would only mask the pain...she could still get hurt. I don't want to ride her unless I'm positive she's sound enough.
Jester had this happen to hm, and it turned out he had a bone spur on his left stifle. It's an epensive surgery, and I really don't want that to happen to Honey too. Because of that **** bone spur, my boy is in pain. If I had two lame horses, what could I do? I'm not about to let that hurt Honey's chances of a good life.
I'm no good with medicine and things of that nature....Mom's the medical one and she's out of town for a few days. Can someone offer a suggestion? She really has me worried.