I'll try to bullet point it to make it easier to read.
- ]I own an 8 year old Welsh cob mare.
- She spent the summer competing in all RC activities, jumping brilliantly, showing etc etc
- Owned her for 2 years, used for just hacking prior to me and I have full history, every vet invoice, saddle receipt etc and still in contact with her breeder.
- She is very forward going, excitable and strong, typical welsh- very spirited.
- Mid October time she suddenly went very lethargic, to ride and on the ground, we kept her in for a night and she was no longer lethargic on the ground but not right ridden.
Riding wise she will pin her ears back when asked to move forward, does not want to go into canter.
I immediately called the physio who came to treat her. They said she had a pulled Psoas muscle and a tight poll, both of which she treated and said she should be fine in a few days.
She was a bit better after this and did everything asked of her in the school however she was NOT her fizzy, forward going self at all.
Then 2 weeks ago she went back to her ears pinned back, not wanting to move, acting in pain again. I tried her on the lunge with no saddle or bridle and she did not want to move AT ALL. This horse is normally a dream to lunge, I don't use a whip, she just goes round and round as she is so energetic!
So I called the vet this time, who came out early last week.
They trotted and walked her up-sound.
Walked, trotted, cantered on the lunge in the arena, where she showed the vet just what I meant by refusing to move, ears pinned back, lunging at us for making her move, however when she did move she was sound.
We then did flexion tests on both her hind legs- sound.
Tried to lunge her in trot on a circle on concrete- apparently she seemed slightly short striding out on her right foreleg.
Vet checked for pulses and heat in leg- nothing.
Vet said to give her 2 butes a day and see if it makes a difference to her way of going and ride her after 4 days of being on bute.
My sharer 'forgot' to give her the bute the morning of the 4th day but tried riding her, she wasn't her normal self still. Acted lazy yet she still moved, looked awful cantering on the left rein and when asked to do so pinned her ears back and did some 'leave me alone' type bucks.
I rode her today, having been on the bute last night and this morning, and she went round lovely, couldn't stop and was cantering off with me- back to normal!
However, on her bad rein (left) she wasn't normal in canter. I can't pinpoint what it is but she wasn't 'right' but no ears back or bucks.
She had the farrier yesterday, she is barefoot and needed a trim. She hadn't been buted yesterday and he put the hoof testers on both her forefeet and no reaction at all, he also felt for pulses and nothing. He looked at her feet closely and couldn't see anything to be concerned about.
I'm still on this 'bute trial' from the vet and need to call them a few days after its over to let them know the outcome.
If she goes bad again after the bute, which in theory she should, then I am planning to get her up to the clinic for nerve blocks and xrays.
Would like to know if anyone has any ideas?
Teeth were done by the vet in January.