Let me start out by saying our Vet is coming out this week to draw Coggins on my horses (including this one) and when he comes out im going to ask him about it... Sooooo.. just trying to nip any "you need to call a vet out" discussion in the bud =) Im just curious to hear your input on it before he comes out.
Alright here's the scoop:
I just bought my new Breeding Stock Filly Poco Lady Charity (Charity) on the 1st of this month. I have brushed her, and even bathed her once in this time. I groom pretty thoroughly but im obviously not as thorough as I thought.
A few nights ago while rubbing her back, I let my hand slide about 8 inches below her Withers and kind of just behind her shoulder, and I felt what could best be described as "Just Ribs. No muscle, No Padding, Just ribs, and the "meat" in between them". (Picture a raw rack of Baby Back ribs.. how it has that Sinew-y stuff in between the bones.. that's kind of what it feels like). NOW.. the giveaway... the space that lacks muscle mass is about 4 inches by 4 inches.. the approximate size of a horse hoof!
Charity is about 11 months old I think (Born March 28th of 2008). This injury DID NOT happen the weeks she has been here. She has been seprate from my other horses. Not to mention.. this is not a sore spot for her at all, she doesnt mind when I touch it. Maybe this could have been a prenatal thing.. I have no clue, LOL.
She was bred by a guy who, from what I hear, has his horses in less than reputable living conditions, and doesnt provide mare care to his pregnant mares (i.e. No scheduled vet visits to monitor how the mares are coming along). She was donated to a Charity auction to raise money for a local disabled rider or something. She arrived at the auction COVERED in Rain Rot, and already has the white scarring from it (it broke.my.heart.) I mean.. lets take the living creature aspect OUT of this.... this guy donated a solid bred paint with no vaccinations (to my knowledge) that is COVERED in a sickness... and thought he was being good and respectful? I mean.. if I donated something for Charity... I would donate something NICE that will raise BIG money.. not throw away a horse that didnt come out as I wanted (which is what I expect this person did). Anyways.. a colleague of mine purchased her from the auction, and gave her to me in trade for a Kincade english saddle. Nice. LoL. The whole point to this paragraph was to say that im nearly positive it happened at the breeders place because of the lack of care.
I really hope this doesnt affect her in the riding department... I think its low enough where the weight of the saddle around the pommel will -not- rest on this area. This is just another question I am going to ask my vet this week.
My husband thinks that he feels that the ribs were broken then reset themselves -slightly- off. I can't feel it, but I will ask the vet about it and get x-rays if the need be.
Im also thinking that as she grows and her barrel/chest fills out, the spot may slowly move down her body as the ribs grow.. if that makes sense...
Its a shame to think there may be a potential that this horse lost any chance of ever being able to be ridden (if this bare-bone spot is too close to the pommel when she comes of breaking age... I may not be able to break her without hurting her. I do have a lot of time to look for another solution, like a weight distribution pad like Tacky Too makes). This might happen because some jerk didnt take care of his horses.... or it might have been a birth defect.. who knows, lol.
Anyways... let me know what you think (constructive replies only that pertain to the topic of the missing muscle mass... Please don't mention something about how you don't like her color or her shoulder angles or her gender, condition, or breed or something.. We all know how horse people can be. I don't want Constructive Criticism on anything off topic. If I want it, I will ask.