I have a older horse, 17 years old appy, 16.2 HH. My husband came home today and mentioned she was acting very weird when it was time to go back outside after dinner. (she would not leave her stall at first and then kept stopping and showing her teeth and bucking, this is not her normal behavior- there was no other horse around). She is not in heat, I did check tonight. My horses are all out 24/7 except twice a day for feeding and when I work with them. So I went back out tonight to check on her.
I know lately she has been acting very stiff and sore in the back end but tonight she seemed to be really bothered. Her one leg is straight like a normal horse leg but the other leg is curved inward meeting the other leg. She had some heat coming out of her hind legs and the one appeared slightly swollen.
I do know the vet said two months ago she had fluid in her back hocks. Her feet were just trimmed last Friday.
I am thinking about calling in a equine massage therapist for her and maybe the vet back out. I do have her on joint supplements. I had requested starting tonight to keep her indoors (going down into the 30's tonight) and out during the day only. I am wondering if the cold is bothering her at all??
She loves attention and loves grooming but even tonight she did not want it, she just seemed completly off. I know horses have their days but we are both worried about her.
Anyone with older horses have any suggestions? She is my oldest horse. After her I have a 9 year old, 2 6 yr olds and a 2 yr old.
My oldest daughter even noticed she was walking off tonight...