Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: knee deep in spring mud
• Horses: 0
My goodness! Huge kudos to you for bringing him back so beautifully!! The difference you have encouraged is remarkable : )
Yeah, he's got a little hitch in the hind, looks Left hind to me but I won't swear to it. Also, it seems to be mechanical, not pain driven. This could mean a variety of things but one thought would be that it is because of his muscle atrophe, as in when his body finally resorted to sustaining itself from itself, started with the 'lighter' tissues that hold ligament/muscle/tendon together and generate their strength. He might not improve further in the hind, or he could clean right up. Either way, with your vet's blessing, I would say (however conservatively at first) ride, Forrest, ride : )
After you DO get up, you might consider a joint or tendon supplement. Even something as benign as MSM as an anti-inflammatoury can make the difference. I say 'after' because you want to know what his limits are before potentially masking something.
Walk. A lot. Trot for re-evalutation and to take a quick break from walking : ). Build as he does.
Well done, ForrestGump! And welcome to the forum. I am very new here as well.
Last edited by foreignmusic; 03-22-2010 at 01:26 PM.