I love my barn, but regretfully I don't agree with some of the management. It's really complicated, because it's not a usual BO situation. That is, there is a BO, but he doesn't take careof the clients or horses, just receives the money and pays for the hay and grain. My trainer, who gives lessons on the side of her real job, is the one who cleans/feeds on the weekends and manages it in general. She does it because she enjoys it and... someone needs to do it, because the guys that clean and feed on the weekday aren't competent in that respect and have no interest anyways.
While she has experience, there's room for learning...she doesn't see that though. What I say is usually considered as the over worrying of an inexperienced horse person.
So now about the lame horse. Bailey is a draft mix (I think she has some arab in her) and while I don't know her exact age, she's around 7 to 10 years old. I'll post an old video of me riding her, (and new ones later showing her lameness), but it's been a while since she's been ridden. I don't think she has been ridden since my ex (and incompetent)-trainer left in the spring. She's clearly lame at the walk, but I have no clue how! As I said, no one has really ridden her in a while, so I'm confused as to how this has come along.
I'm pretty sure the problem is one of her hind legs. I don’t know if it’s her hock or if she tore one of her ligaments, but her feet sure don’t help! The farrier comes every 8 weeks (6 in the winter), but in my opinion it’s not often enough. All the horse’s feet are chipped and he isn’t coming until 1-2 weeks. I know draft feet are more flared than the ordinary horse, but hers just seem to be way too much and overgrown. I wouldn’t be surprised if her lameness was in part caused by her feet, though I don’t think it’s the only cause. I can’t say much now as I’d have to go the barn to evaluate her, but what I can say is she has a lot of trouble turning in tight circles (she was stepping on her front feet) and I think was dragging her hind leg. For her difficult mobility, I’d expect her to bob her head more, but it isn’t quite obvious.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to go out to see her tomorrow so I can evaluate her and take pictures/vids for you guys, but before then what do you suggest I look for exactly? I was going to go over her legs, feel the temperature, check for swelling (although I don’t think there is any, and if there is, it must be very faint), lifting/flexing lightly at each joint to see where it bothered her most, asking her to walk/back up, check what leg she puts least weight on.
I wish the vet could be called and an X ray done or something, but it probably won’t be done. The vet rarely get's called. I really want to try to figure out the problem with your help and make her better if I can. If after all the videos I post, you guys tell me there is absolutely nothing I can do to help her slowly and eventually recover, I’ll try to convince my trainer to somehow get the vet over (I don't know how, but when there's a will, there's a way right?), but for now I’d really appreciate your advice and help. (I'll get conformation shots too)
If this helps, when she used to be ridden, I remember my ex-trainer saying she had trouble at the canter because she didn't always know where to put her feet. She'd sometimes stumble/trip. It got better with training though.