I do keep a journal of all my horses...if their poop is off, if they are straining, if they have any sores or bites. I am very picky and record everything. That is why we do self care board so we constinatly know what they are doing in their stalls. Having someone else do it we would never know.
We even record if their behavior is at all off.
I just know when my husband said something was up today with her it triggered me to go back out to check on her. I was considering calling a equine massage therapist to see if they can do this next week sometime as well as keeping her in at night while it is chilly to see if we see a differance in her.
I am thinking with her being older maybe it is a bit of arthritis, she is stiff and sore it appears when it is wet and chilly out. Been watching her closely. In fact the other day I just did not feel comfortable with her and made everyone stop riding her, I just did not like how she was acting with her legs. They were so unhappy with me.
I have had her since good Friday last year...kind of got pushed into her unexpectedly. The people needed her stall that day which we had no idea of and they actually brought her to us for nothing. They needed her gone. She is our favorite horse, takes care of the rider but we are both worried about her. I was not told of any previous injuries and the previous owners do not respond to any of my emails.
My horses seem very accident prone...my filly had a bad head gash, then colic a week later to my pony with a eye gash. Then my throughbred with the trainer incident and now my appy. Seems never ending. I am so scared when my cell rings it is the barn again. I feel bad, it is not the owners fault but I wish it would end! But through all this we are getting closer to each of the horses, being there will my filly threw her colic, we got real close to her, she just is very personable with us now.