I purchased an OTTB 2 years ago this coming November. Things changed in my life right around when I bought him and I wasn't able to spend as much time with him as I would have liked. I only rod him about a dozen times that first year so this year I decided to put him in training for a month and then sell him to someone who will be able to spend more time with him.
In week 3 of training he started flipping over. This is totally uncharacteristic of him. We thought it was behavioural at first but it does't seem
I had the vet come out to see him because his behavior is not normal. His throwing himself backwards is very dangerous and I really don’t feel right about selling him knowing someone might be seriously hurt by him.
He passed all neurological tests, and only showed a bit of back discomfort and minor lameness in his right front, but really not a big deal. So that part was good news… But there’s a but…
He is sometimes found with his head pressing against the barn, so the vet was wondering if these fits may actually have been seizures. So the vet did some blood work to rule out liver, kidney, or other organ diseases, and other than slightly low calcium levels he checked out fine.
The vet doesn’t believe that this is avoidance behavior meaning that it’s something else. That something else we really don’t know… The next step would be to do a cat scan but I am not in a position to spend that kind of money.
At the end of the day I am at a loss. He is not a safe horse to ride, or sell. I am grappling with either putting him down, find someone to take him to put him out to pasture… I’m not sure we have any other options.
I am going to continue to research to see if we can come up with any possible solutions… But it could be a brain tumor or something of that nature… Without doing the test we just wont know.
I am looking for any insight that may be available on this message board and thank you in advance for your help!