Ok 3days ago I was riding one my ponies in the rain. I was trotting around the edge of a field when on the corner he slipped with his left fore on horse poo. The leg slid out quite rapidly and I think over stretched it was enough to throw me totally off balance.
So I went out the next day and he was trotting lame in the field but not horrifically so. So I decided to bring him to the river to do a soak I couldnt find any injuries on his legs like no heat,swelling.nicks etc so I moved up to the shoulder nothing there even when I pushed right in to the muscle. He let me stretch his two fore legs out and he was not objecting to it so I ruled out the shoulder. I then made him turn around me on a small circle to figure which leg was actually lame and although he seemed sore on the left fore he was also stiff along the right. So I checked all along his back and the is no swelling or heat BUT he is quite flinchy all along the back to the point where his saddle would end?
He doesnt stable all that great so he is in a small paddock with just one buddy to keep him calm enough I decided not to give bute as he is in the field I don't want him to feel he can do more then he can and over exert himself.
Does this sound like muscle damage to you? I was thinking maybe a pulled muscle up along the wither area which would cause soreness in two front legs? Should he be in and stressed(also if I keep him in when I out him out he will go CRAZY therefore causing more damage to himself) or out with miimal movement? How should I treat it? Is there any reason that if he came sound I shouldnt sit on him for another week or so as the muscle wouldnt be able to support it?
Thanks in advance