Since I left in January 2012, Sky had a few problem which we have been dealing with slowly.
He had bad case of thrush, poor trim job, bruising, you name it.
With much hard work on the part of my friend looking after him, we got past all of those hurdles. No more thrush, his feet are healthy, and no signs of bruising.
Then he went through muscle atrohpy on the right side of his wither. It was all sunken in and thus with his new topline his saddle didn't fit anymore. So I came down and we got him chiropractically adjusted, the vet came out as well, and we got him fitted for a new saddle.
So we moved past that issue.
Now... he has a slight bobbing of his head. His strides are choppy and stiff.. and we have been told from our farrier that Sky has some sort of stifle and shoulder issue. We're not sure what it's from.. the years of bad feet, the lack of movement at his old barn (he is in a bigger barn now,) etc.
He is on a joint supplement, he's at a healthy weight, he was given exercise on a daily basis before this came about.
Here are videos where you can see the slight head bob and the shortness of stride. He just.. doesn't seem comfortable :(
Anyone have any advice? :/ I'm really worried about Sky. We are calling a lameness specialist vet out as soon as we can. I've not used this vet before so we'll see what happens.