Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Midlands, UK
Stiffness in the Hind Legs
Okay, so I'm getting a new pony, and I've found the absolute perfect one for me. I know there's no such thing as the perfect horse, but she suits me down to the ground.
My only concern is, she's 14, and I've noticed when she walks, she has a little bit of stiffness and a little clicking in her hind legs. However, it doesn't seem to affect her when ridden, she's very forward, and loves to trot and canter.
What could the stiffness be, is it anything to worry about? I know she gets jumped a lot (which she enjoys by the looks of things). I'm worried that she has something like ring bone or arthritis. Are any of these things treatable?
It's really worrying me because she's my ideal horse, and I'm worried that if I get her I won't be able to ride her for long.
Any idea what it could be, and if it's treatable? (She doesn't appear in any pain with it, just a bit stiff and clicky)