I am having a lameness issue with my mare. She is 9 yrs and i've had her for about 8 mths. About 3 mths ago she went lame. It looked like it was in her shoulder, she showed no sign of being lame in the foot or legs as she is still tracking up and bearing weight with no issues, but when you look at her overall she is bobbing the head, and it's very obvious.
I was getting her massaged twice a week as we were pretty sure it was muscular and kept working her under the advice of my massager, and she came good. She was sound for a bout a month and then 2 weeks ago, exactly the same thing. I had a chiro/vet/accupuncture come out that came with a good rep, and he couldn't find the problem, by the feel of her he said she was in pristine condition apart from a couple little tweaks he had to do. She trottet up sound on the straight but lame on the circle. There is no pain, you can touch her anywhere, pull legs in any direction with no reaction, farrier has checked all her feet.
At the moment I am going back to massage twice a week have been doing it every 2 weeks and have a saddle fitter coming out tues. I had the saddle fitted when I got her, but she has changed shape so I am hoping the saddle maybe has been the problem all along. At the monent I am hand walking her just to keep her moving because she gets worse if not doing anything.
Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this kinda thing and if anyone has any other idea's of what is going on.
If she doesn't improve with the same treatment as last time then I will have to go down the path of nerve blocks and xray, at this stage haven't gone there because we think its muscular and she herself is in no actual discomfort. She still runs around her paddock, is not grumpy or snakey. If you ask her to trot up she's as forward as usual
Thanks for reading