I'm so frustrated, I just cannot seem to keep my OTTB sound.
He just came off 9 weeks stall rest as a result of a well placed kick during play time by another horse.
He was kicked in the shoulder and because the vet suspected a hair line fracture we put him on stall rest. He was pretty lame for the first 2 weeks, but gradually improved. We finished all 8 weeks as a precaution and after that I went on vacation for a week. When he got kicked he just came off stall rest as a result of a misstep during a lesson, he was off, but not completely lame that time.
So, I figured we'd take it slow, turn outs (by himself of course) and when riding only walking for the first 2 weeks. So far in the last week he's been out in the arena 3 times and we walked 20 minutes twice.
Today I saddled him up with the intention of going for another walk, but could get off after 5 steps, lame again.
The shoulder he got kicked in is swollen, not the front (where he got kicked), but the back.
I was in the process of setting up a vet visit for this week anyway to have him get his first Legend shot, so I guess he'll have to look at the shoulder first.
Somewhere I hope this has something to do with the original injury,
Because if it is something new I'm really going to get pissed. This horse has had pretty much everything wrong with him since I got him. He has been sound/not lame for maybe 6 months the last year.
Not all of it his fault, he stepped on something sharp once, my saddle messed up his back and he has arthritis in his knee, which is a leftover from a racing injury. And the kick of course.
He retired at 11 and is 14 now. He won over $230K. When does one give up and decide a horse should be retired and live out his life as a lawn ornament? He is gorgeous and I love him, but I'm running out of ideas.