So, Major and I were supposed to be attending a week long clinic, with a show on Saturday. He went pretty well last night, so I figured this morning he'd be set to go for tonight. I took him out and lunged him, and noticed while walking him out that his right hind leg kept locking up. I asked Damie to check, and she had no clue.. so we got Lonnie to see and she had no clue, so we called Laura and she said he was fine and just to walk him around because he was stiff.
Later in the day, it seemed to have gotten a bit worse, so I asked our instructor for the week to give her opinion. She said that I needed to go apply more liniment (which I had been doing a couple times that day as per Laura's advice) and just put him in his stall as it was a problem with his stifle.
Damie came down and asked what I was doing, so I explained it to her. She then decided to see for herself (which, to be honest, I didn't see the point and I wanted to just put Major away for the night).. and while walking into the arena, Major's stifle got even worse. Lonnie described it as "going down and out, rather than up and down) so we called Laura.
So, long story short, Major is going home at 1 tomorrow and I'm a very anxious camper right about now. Nobody has new sweet clue how he managed to do this, but I'm worried that this might interfere with buying him. I'm sure he's rejoicing in his stall right now thinking he'll go home and be a little pasture ornament for awhile.. but nope, stall rest!
My question for everyone is: what are your experiences with stifle issues and/or lameness?
I know Lonnie mentioned something about a degenerative disease.. so I really hope he just stepped the wrong way and it's just an incident.