This is about two months ago...
And this is today, in the evening:
Any change? What looks different first, if at all?
To me, I think she gained more weight around her shoulder, ribs, and booty. Maybe a little muscle around the wither and starting to lose the ugly under neck muscle.
So, miss mare here has had a weird journey with bone spavin. It got better with MSM, liniment, and a consistent routine, but then got worse late winter/early spring. I love my farrier and keeping him, but the rest go. Different vet, chiropractor, and looking for a trainer of a higher rank. She started Robaxin this week, and so far looks more comfortable, almost like her wither rose or her croup lowered. She had an accident in the cross ties where she fell out on her bum on the concrete walkway, now her alignment is completely reversed from her having the left side good and the right side usually sore to the opposite. I think her spavins were fusing, though, the left hock was always the worst and just before she fell I thought her right hock was looking a bit sore while the left was fine. I think the left has fused a bit more and now the right is. But, new vet gave referred a new chiro and that should fix her up right once he gets her in a few days.
For her weight, I've been stuffing her with hay! Just about going through a bale of T/A every two days and adding half a bale onto that, plus 10 hours of pasture to herself and the rest of the time a paddock and stall connected. We're also doing more long/low work, it's not normal for her head to be as high as it's been since she is QH/Paint. She's been really dependent on her forehand and under-neck muscle from the soreness, riding and not. Most of the riding has been in half seat and posting on a looser rein. Things are off when she doesn't even bother to sprint in pasture. But, yesterday she's started galloping off with her usual lofty stride to tell the neighbors the devil is out ;) Things are looking good. I just keep giving her stretchy things to do, letting her have a gallop and a spread jump, holding my half seat to ride her extended strides. She's worse after a ride of shorter steps and more collected work, poor thing. I can only ask for collection between jumps, she's glad to put her butt in gear then(maybe she likes and focuses on the jumping so much that she forgets the soreness). This week I halt her verbally, dismount, and look at the position; since starting Robaxin and riding in half seat more, she is halting with her feet squared and her hind legs further under her.