First, she developed a huge nodular sarcoid- after several hundred in vet bills, the nasty thing is still hanging on. At this point, since it doesn't bother her or interfere with tack, I think it's just going to stay.
Second, she has had a terrible problem with pinworms that seem drug resistant. We are finally on the Panacur Powerpac this week, and I'm hopeful (saw several dead worms this morning after just the first day). I've been really disappointed with my vet on this one, his office seemed totally unconcerned about the visible, live adult worms in her rectum, lost my fecal sample, lost the live worm sample, and then gave lots of conflicting advice on treatment- all of which ultimately delayed the right treatment by several weeks, leaving my poor girl with an embarrassing wormy belly.
Finally, she's had a sore back from a bad saddle fit about a year ago. After a visit from the chiro, I got a new adjustment yesterday, and the difference was almost immediate.
Now that these three big problems are finally (mostly) under control, I am hoping to get back to riding and enjoying her, rather than having her look at me scornfully every time I come to see her knowing I'm going to poke and prod at her sarcoid, stick her with a tube of dewormer, or hurt her shoulders with an ill-fitting saddle.
I think what's frustrating is that as a new horse owner, it's just so hard to know who to trust. With the saddle fit thing, I had a very reputable person work on it the first time, but the new fitter had a completely different opinion on what the right fit would be for her. With the deworming, it seemed that no one at the vet could give me a straight answer that was relevant to my specific horse, not just general advice.
I'm not complaining about all this- I totally understand this is what I signed up for by buying her- but it's a bit overwhelming for it all to come at once. I think it's also just really hard for me to admit how much there is to learn, and how little I know now. The thought of actively doing something that hurts her makes me sick to my stomach, but again, it's just so hard to know who to trust. I actually think Horse Forum has been the most consistent source of good information- there truly is great knowledge here, and I'm so grateful to be a part of this community. So- thanks to all of you for that!