Alright so the whole story is too long, but I am looking for constructive help and tips from knowledgable owners. Please, take the time to read this if you have it as I am really getting frustrated.
About 4 1/2 months ago, my mare coliced from impaction. We had the vet out right away, everything was taken care of and she is doing amazing :) She was down and rolling around a bit for a day or so even after the vet care, which is what I am thinking started this all.
About 2 months ago I noticed that she was growing a large hay belly, and her back seemed a bit low, so I worked on a bit of massaging and did lot's of lunge work in the roundpen with her to bring her shoulders up a bit and strengthen her since she hadn't been worked or ridden much since her colic.
She seemed better for awhile, but all of a sudden her belly dropped and her withers became thin/higher than usual, and her lumbar vertebrae are drastically visual above her normal topline...the first 5 of that column look to be "popped out" from the normal setting and very uncomfortable. If you run your hand along her back and over that spot, she is smooth until then and it's like a rolling wave of vertabrae.
I have had an equine masseuse out to work on her, show me techniques etc and I have kept up with it as best as possible for working full time. She is not super sensitive at a light touch, I was told she is not in "acute" condition, but she got a bit touchy when we used a deeper touch so I am thinking she is at a "chronic" stage". I have NOT ridden her, she flexes and moves out but she looks stiffer and she is not in any obvious pain, just uncomfortable.
I have had good and mostly bad experiences with chiropractors, so I would rather steer away from that direction...but I am looking for tips and advice. I was also told by a few people that since she has been sitting so long in her paddock, not being ridden etc, that she could just be really out of shape. I do not want to get her back in shape by riding her, so I will be doing as much lunge work as possible, and am considering getting a gel lined bareback pad for when I do start riding her again so that the pressure is not where her back has been bothered where my saddle would be bordering?
Anything helps, thanks! If you need more info or have questions that I can answer in more detail that might help, let me know!!!