So this picture explains whatís been happening to Anaís mane
Aside from the obvious cosmetic issue, this is also dangerous and could explain some of her occasional neck and shoulder stiffness.
I just received this pic late last night after I had already left the barn so I have not had a chance to discuss this with BO. Iím gonna ask if we can move Ana to a grass turnout: the barn has 4 of them. Either with a buddy or by herself next to a buddy. This would mean more stall time for her because they rotate horses through the turnouts. But she would be safer and happier while sheís turned out and she would be happier to see me when I come to ride because I will be her ticket to freedom rather than the fun police.
The BO might tell me no so thereís that possibility because it would require her to change the rotation schedule and upset other horses and their owners.
Also, Ana went lame on the right hind as I was riding her last night. Iím glad I got it on video so that I could reconcile what I was feeling with what I was seeing. Her right hind became wobbly and she couldnít push off it in the canter so the canter felt like she was trotting with one leg. Super weird.
Of course as my streak of bad luck would have it, this has to happen 4 days before my favorite show and clinic of the year was supposed to happen. But we only have 24 rides scheduled so far which is not enough to make a show and it will likely get rained out anyway.
So maybe getting canceled will be for the best since Ana is lame anyway. But then I still need to figure out why sheís lame and how to prevent and fix it. It happened after lateral work; her legs became wobbly. She could still use her left hind just fine but the right was too unstable to push off into the canter.
Hope everyone is having a better week than me. Iíll see if I can the footage of her wobbly leg loaded at some point.