I ended up being diagnosed with some sort of infection. The doctor said it could have been strep, but I really hate the throat swap things. She said she was going to put me on antibiotics regardless, so I opted out. I went to school the rest of the week, but I wasn't put on antibiotics until Thursday so, hopefully, I didn't infect anyone...
Anyways, enough of that! Onto my journal entry, which, as always, is me ranting :P
Pepper only gets turned out on grass 2/3 days of the week. If the chiropractor (she rescheduled again) doesn't fix this cantering issue, I did some research and found that ulcers could be causing the issue.
Since I'm not there 24/7 I don't know about some of the other symptoms (lack of appetite, laying down more often, etc). As far as I know, she's still eating fine.
But, I have some reasons why I think this could be the cause.
I read this on an Arizona vet's website: "Continuous pasture access is the best diet for all horses. When this is not an option, then at least 75% of the diet should be roughage, divided into four to six meals/day."
She's getting grass 2/3 days of the week during the day. In the mornings and evenings, she gets a flake of hay. Therefore, the other days after she eats her hay she's just standing there. She gets fed grain twice a day. Now, she's always gotten two meals, but at the old barn she was on grass everytime she went out. At the old-old barn, they were in to get fed grain and then went out to graze. There were multiple large round bales of hay in the pasture. So, this is the first time she's not gotten to graze every day.
Then I also read that medicines can cause ulcers.
This issue really started after she was on bute and antibiotics for her eye accident.
The chiropractor went through vet school (at the school I want to go to!) so I'm hoping that she can at least tell me what she thinks about my 'diagnosis'. I don't expect her to treat it or anything, but she could probably tell me if it's worth getting a general vet out.
However, I did a lot of 'touching' around her belly area and nothing got a reaction out of her. She's not girthy and doesn't move when I tighten it. She does blow out, but she's always done that and once I walk her into the arena I can tighten it with no issues.
I also know that I can usually get her to canter once after some asking, but asking a second time is like I'm killing her. I also read that exercise causes the acid to splash and can irritate the horse, which I think makes sense why she would be more resistant the more we work.
Scoping is quite expensive and I know my mom won't be easily persuaded into spending that much money.
She always complains about how much Pepper costs, but it's not my fault. I got Pepper as a birthday present.
Let me just write the complaints I have so I can get them all out and stop complaining!
Turnout - I'm not a fan of her not being turned out on grass very often.
Turnout 2 - I don't like them separating horses. However, this seems to be a non-issue now that Comet and Pepper are together
Not supposed to ride by myself - I've just been doing it anyway. If they say something about it again I'll do something about it
Size of the arena - it's hard to work on some things
No trail riding except one small trail around the barn :(
The trainer has a tendency to say things that hurt my feelings (that makes me sound like a baby lol. I may just be overly sensitive)
(Other than that she's a good trainer)
There's probably some other superficial things
So, looking at them, I don't feel like that's very many and some of them aren't that important. Like the trainer, I really like her despite the fact that she just has no filter when she talks. And, I can do most things I want to do in the arena. Sometimes, it's better that it's small because it just eases some anxieties. I can do liberty work without having to be running back and forth.
The only real issues I've come across is we can't do a lot of gymnastics work because there's simply not enough room. And, I'm scared of attempting lead changes across the diagonal because I fell off last time due to having to turn sharply and the saddle slipping. The turns for stuff like that are just too tight.