Stifle? Hocks? SI? Kissing Spines?
First I just want to say I will be calling the vet to make an appointment. But in the meantime I just wanted to get some opinions as to what I might be dealing with. I have an 18 year old OTTB who got his stifles injected using PRP about a year ago- so he is due to get them again.
But I am getting different signs of pain from him this time around. He had the winter off and when brought back into work it was done slowly. He was great in all 3 gaits for a couple months- really showing improvement when all of a sudden he didn’t want to go forward and would back up and rear at least once every ride. I’ve had rides where he would do it more- I thought he was doing this out of avoidance of the aids and just kicked him forward and he would eventually start going ok again until the next time he would do it. Than he started skipping/hopping behind at the canter in both directions and would just fall apart behind and could not hold the canter. Now he is switching leads behind. He is getting harder to get round/on the bit. Transitions have gone down hill. He does this in both my dressage and jump saddle and also bareback (which makes me believe it is not a saddle related issue). He does not do this on the lunge line in the canter (without a saddle). He has gotten physio work done during all of this as well. He does bite the cross ties when being tacked up, has started to raise his head when bridling (he use to reach for the bit so huge change), he has started to nip at me when we go to walk to the ring (again out of character), he went from being a forward guy on the ground to walking quite slow.