I need your help. My horse used to be a forward going but easy to manage horse. Unfortunately, he started loosing weight at the beginnings of spring. He also was kind of “lazy” and “tired”, stiff, not flexible while turning but he did everything what he was asked for. While lungeing him the other day I noticed that he was toe dragging his hind legs. I knew it was unlike him. I decided to call a good vet.
January – blacksmith says that his hooves are OK
March – he said that my horse saves his right hind leg, nothing to worry at that point, but I have to check it
Now, VET : He watched him trot and told me that he has a spine injury (a vertebrae movement possible). He looked at this back and showed me a dip in his spine (picture below). He gave him some injection and told me to lunge him every day and to keep him away from other horses.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be impossible to keep him in the stable or in a single padock (he could hurt himself, jumping, running like crazy, all covered with sweat) so I decided to let him meet other horses as always 24/7.
The vet told me that all horses are in poor condition at the beginnings of spring and that my horse will never be much thicker because he is just like that. I must say I am disappointed with the diagnosis and I can’t stand the pain that I will never ride on him again.
This horse is my fulfilled dream, dream that for many was stupid, unnecessary or wrong. Friends try to cheer me up by saying that I can have another horse but I do not want another horse. I love my buckskin because of the bond we have, he is a part of my life, my friend. But sometimes I feel depressed and overwhelmed… I can’t believe that a 4,5-year-old horse could not be used under saddle. I want him to be healthy, fit and my partner while trail riding.
Tomorrow, my horse expects an equine massage (girl who does it is also interested in chiropractics).
I WON’T GIVE UP. I CAN’T GIVE UP.
Please, look at him tell me what you think:
I found out that all horses has got this “dig” in their spines but mine is thin that’s why it’s visible or am I just living in hope?
(Sorry for mistakes but English is my second language)