I've recently adopted an OTTB, (who last raced on May 6th, 2012) I gave her a 6 weeks off and then started doing some basic ground work with her. Now we are onto lunging with side reins. She is beginning to stretch and work off her top end... but I've noticed that she is now showing signs of being in pain. Her trot is a little "ouchy" and off looking and tonight I noticed that she kept lifting up her back legs and pinning her ears back like she is in pain.
Anyone have any suggestions? I know that I am asking her to work in a completely new way, and I'm keeping her lunging sessions very short so that use isn't too sore from working collected and off her top line. Does anyone have any experience with this? Besides just paying the vet to come out and tell me that she is stiff and sore I'm thinking about getting a chiropractor and/or massage therapist.
If anyone has any experience with OTTB's, I would love some advice on the subject :)