Originally Posted by Sarahandlola
Oh thanks I never thought of that! When she is outside the hay is on the other side of the field than the water so when I take her in she is always thirsty. Having her in the stable these past few days could have made her not want to drink.
I did have saddle issues and still kinda do! The last saddle I had was stuck to her withers so I got a new one and it clears her withers a lot but it is still hard to find the perfect saddle for her so I have to use a riser the whole time.
She is very hard to keep! When I got her she was worse than she is now. A few weeks later she looked great and a lot of people noticed. She then went downhill again =/
It has been really hard keeping muscle on her because a lot of things keep happening when I get into a routine..The weather/Work/And now lameness!
saddle fit makes a LOT of sense - if it's not fitting right it will cause her to tense her back, stress (ulcers...) and cause the need for chiro as well as that sinking. It will also be exacerbated by slight dehydration but I don't think that is your underlying cause.
You can make a hard keeper an eas(ier) keeper with a better saddle fit and ulcer supps and a good chrio adjustment and massage (you can even do some of the massaging yourself). Those changes can all improve muscle flow, energy flow, and system balance which means - healthier horse with less stress. Not saying she is "stressed" as in anxious now, but I know when the weather changes, my tbs stress their systems and can get gassey and I put them on an ulcer supp every winter > spring to help prevent weather colic and it not only does that but helps them not lose weight when the weather changes too!