Is This Just Life With Horses Or Are We Cursed?
My boy (older gelding, retired GP show jumper) went dead lame in his hind right last summer due to a bone chip in his hock. This was before I bought him, and I knew about that. I also knew he had an old suspensory injury, that caused us some problems as I learned I cannot ride him without shoes. I got him hock injections last month. Everything was groovy, but I noticed something weird with his trot yesterday and I'm waiting on my trainer to take a good look at him tomorrow.
Another (young mare) horse in the barn is 3 and likes to roll like a fiend, got her leg stuck in a rail and had a joint swell up and was lame for a while. Also, there's something wrong with a tear duct in her eye.
Another (young) horse in the barn has hoof trouble and has gone lame three times while the farrier has been messing with it.
Another (older retired hunter jumper) horse had some kind of stifle injury and ultimately needed surgery and got retired.
Another (young) horse has some problem with his hocks and had hock injections, but seems to have some kind of ongoing problem.
Another (young) mare pitched a hissy fit in the ring and seems to have thrown her butt out, and made herself sore in her hocks.
Another (older OTTB) horse rolled on a rock or something and got a big cut in his hock and his owner is having to really nurse that along because he got proud flesh.
I have now been a Happy Horse Owner for one year (pretty close to it) and I'm starting to feel like having a horse is long periods of vet care or rehab, punctuated by periods of soundness. I'm starting to feel like "Oh, it's been 4 weeks since something happened to throw me into a panic, make me lose sleep, and call the vet out! What's happening that I don't know about!!"
The owners are all really involved, and call the vet out promptly, and get farriers, and chiropractors, and massages, and training, so I KNOW it's not a problem of having Bad Horse Owners. So I'm wondering. Is this kind of typical? Or is my barn under a curse? Is having a horse like having a Triumph motorcycle, where you should expect it to spend an awful lot of time "in the shop"? Or are we just going through a bad phase?