We got her for free and thus had no vet check done - as a paddock mate for my mare who was really depressed being alone. We absolutely adore our mare and don't regret our decision. Her previous owner mentioned she was a little sore in behind and would need a chiropractor but had been walking and trotting under saddle lightly to keep her active. This was fine by us, we were happy to have a second riding mount.
However I'm a little concerned about some things I've picked up on her since having her... for one, she was drinking a lot more than I've ever seen on another horse naturally. My mare could last on our big tub of water a week without it being low/empty... this was over the end of summer. It's now Autumn here... and that tub was lasting only two days. I know two horses changes things... and so we put an extra tub in there too but she was really drinking the water up. I've never met a horse who drinks excessively.
I've put her under saddle three times now, at first she would baby step in the walk and barely go anywhere. I wondered if it was a confidence issue. Rode her again and asked her to step out more - and she did but would constantly wish to return to a snail's pace. Got her up into the trot and again we barely were going anywhere and it was a huge effort for her, and being Standardbred she actually paced a little to show how much effort it was taking. She worked a little hot so I slowed her down and went to cool her down - out of no where she just stopped, started shaking from head to toe and all this sweat just poured out... it wasn't there and then it was and she was just a mess. I felt awful - I had only ridden her maybe fifteen - twenty minutes max and was told she was being ridden so hadn't thought I'd made a mistake. After this, we thought we would just not ride her again until our Chiropractor (who is booked in and we're just waiting to come out to us as has been on holiday) would come out. She progressively got quite stiff in behind and I wondered if light walking would help her. My friend who is her co owner is lighter than me and so I got her up on her a week and a bit later from the second ride and she walked from one end of our property and then back again at her pace (about 8-10minutes). She then got off and Seoul was moving much better after this. This is our plan to do light walks either in hand or under saddle with her until our appointment.
Another issue is that she makes clicking noises every time she moves her back legs. I used to own a mare with arthritis in her hocks that made similiar noises... but at 7yrs old and her last owner having her since she was 3 and not doing a great deal with her, I'm not thinking this to be the case. Could it be some sort of gas bubble or clicking of ligaments or something? My ankle clicks regularly after having my leg in a cast at the wrong angle - my doctor says its my tendons in my foot clicking over one another. But I'm no horse
She has had her feet done and has a light diet of lucerne chaff, supplements of magnesium and seaweed meal, plus access to a salt rock now. She is otherwise outdoors 24/7 on grass, though limited amounts to maintain her weight as we are strip grazing a paddock with a lot of grass in it.
I did some reading up on tying up tonight and believe if she was chronic her previous owner would have knowledge of this. I should also mention her drinking habits have slowed right down too, and perhaps it was an electrolyte issue and causing her to drink more? I believe this tying up incident was the cause of several factors - partly with my own foolishness to blame for pushing her when I was going by what I had been told.
What I'm after is for advice on how to prevent this again. Obviously now that I'm aware of what I'm dealing with if it ever occurs again I'll call for veterinary help - she had me so worried and I felt really guilty. Should I have some sort of electrolytes on hand? Our chiropractor is one of the most acknowledged in the area and will rely on what she has to say before getting the vet out for further tests. She has been invaluable in helping with issues in the past so I trust her judgement.
Sorry if this comes over as a ramble, I'm just trying to get more educated in a way to help Seoul.
Thanks in advance.