LONG..Need some Jingles.. Don't know where to start!
This is very long so to anyone who reads this Thank you!
So the basic short story is, my boy and I had started our hard work to go to our 1st show this summer. He had a tough winter from slipping on the ice. He is 17 was a long racing TB then a lesson horse that was not rode often cause he did not like alot of people. Off the track he had a chip in the left knee that resulted in arthritis (it fused and he was fine with it).I bought him right after bad hock injury(no surgery, just alot of swelling and needing slow progrressive work) He was 14 when I bought him. I am a H/J want a be. A rerider that has ridden him 3-4 times a week HE IS MY LOVE!!! We connected like no one believed!!!
We finnaly got a great trainer this year and were going far and after our 1st real jumping lesson I thought we were unstoppable!!! WRONG!! The next time I go to ride him and the moment I put some leg on for the trot and he starts bucking!!! Now I will tell you they were not big bucks, but definitely bucks trying to tell me something was wrong. My boy is very stoic, and a work acholic!!! He has always loved trot work (ALWAYS). So a friend who boards at the same place, also works at one of the best vet clinics here. She has seen him work with me and said she would come out to watch me and him. Well she checked his back before the ride and he was sore in the back. Then she watched me warm him up for 30 minutes and then ask him for the trot. He totally broke down, did his little bucking thing, tried to break into canter for a few strides, grabbed the bit even though I didn't have a whole lot of contact, pointed nose to the outside. So since she knows him she said she would do 1 of 2 things either get a chiro. Or have our professional leg vet do a work up on him.
The one thing that surprised her is that after we got finished, we checked his back again and it was fine! Could this be just Hock arthritis? It just doesn't seem like it could come on so quickly? Does he need injections? Supplements? I am so worried about my boy and worried I may not have the $$ it takes to find out what is the real problem!! I owe him my life (unfortunetly at this time that is not a whole lot, crying as I write this...
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks for reading...
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