I've been thinking alot about my mare, Flopsy. I've only owned her 2 months and she has been coming along fantastically..
(For those who don't know her story-I'll try to tell in a nutshell.
She was givin to me for free she was an ex short stirrup pony who was in the trailer when a drunk driver hit it and she lost one of her eyes. Then her owners abandoned her at the barn where they didn't take very good care of her either. I got her as basicaly a neglect case who didn't have much handling in over a year-let alone any riding)
Anyways, I've been thinking alot about her leg issue/s. She has a club hoof and is lame trotting in circles (like lunging) but not when just riding around the arena. I mean she's slightly off but not dead lame. Vet did a nerve block and it's coming from her hoof so vet suspected navicular or ringbone but didnt have her x-ray equipment with her at the time so that's basically what I was left off at. Oh, and if I ride her just bute her...and She told me to have the farrier put shoes and pads on her...
Okay so farrier comes out and said that he honestly thinks that the shoes with pads is going to be a waste of $$ with little to no benefit and will only make her worse in the long run because she is already 11. And by adding pads on her it could very well possibly put more pressure on something else and make things worse. Ok so leave her barefoot and she's been doing fine. I mean she's off yeah, but there's no heat or any signs of tenderness in that leg/hoof. I can tell though that she seems more off when it's rainy. So I usually just bute her to make myself feel better-lol. She never seems to be in any pain or anything and is always willing to do whats asked of her. I mean obviously we aren't jumping or anything.
I'm going to start taking lessons on her in a couple weeks and I well prepared the trainer beforehand about all of this and we are going to talk when I see her in person but I am a bit nervous that she may think she shouldn't be ridden--I don't know, I'm paranoid! Lol. In the two months I've had her we have Gone through alot and I feel like I'm starting to have a connection with her and I love riding her. She kinda brought the fun back into riding for me and I'm really hoping we can atleast do light riding.
Sorry guys, this has been on my chest but I have no one to talk to that will understand. It's really a complex situation and I'm not sure if I am doing more bad then good at this point...
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