It may be something as simple as an abscess. All that needs to be done with that is it needs to be popped and drained and wrapped for a few days. Abscesses put pressure on the hoof in certain places, and that is why he may not limp all the time. Good luck!
Chiropractors are amazing!! I don't know what we would do without them. So many horses are mis-aligned and people don't even know. I always start with the feet, then chiropractor, then vet, personally.
Thanks northernmama, the one who my vet recommended charges $50 a visit plus I have horse insurance that will reinburse me for it so that's nice. I havent tried the horse massage, other than what I do myself...I would be interested to hear how that goes. :)
SO the chiropractor came out on Friday. She gave him a once over, and had some surprises for me. She noticed his sternum was out of place and he had a crapload of scar tissue on both sides of his neck. She did a full adjustment, both sides from neck back to tail.
She thinks he was "retired" from the track due to a really bad fall, not the "he was too slow" excuse I was given. She says his breastbone area almost feels like he had been impaled by something. Wow.
So now that everything is back in its right place, I can press on where he was sore before and no flinching :) The lameness in his left rear is gone and there is only a little left on the right rear. She says he wont be able to do upper level dressage due to the scar tissue in his neck (cant collect) but should otherwise be fine! YAY!!!
Wow, so just ONE visit? Is she coming out again? I can't believe what your horse went through in his previous life. Poor, poor guy. Some horses are so stoic. He will be a real cuddly sweetheart for you now, just watch!
I really can't afford to have a chiro come out to my place umpteen times for my girl, but if it's only a once or twice thing, I could probably do that. I hear that in my area it's about $80 - 100 minimum charge :( per trip.
I haven't done much with the massage yet. Still trying to get the lady to come out. In the meantime, I have been doing a bit of my own thing and my horse does seem a bit more comfortable. I'm going to try again next week to get the massage lady out. Living in the boonies is nice, but does have some disadvantages.