Something's wrong with my horse- advice/suggestions?
So, this morning I went to ride my 5yo TB and she was ridiculously quiet, despite it being a cool, rather windy day and one of the other boarders chasing her recently-gelded yearling around the adjacent pasture with a plastic bag on a stick. Didn't bother my girl at all, which is very unusual for her.
In addition to that, she felt really odd under saddle, so I longed her to see what she was doing, and she's giving more on the right hind. She's not particularly short on that leg and doesn't look traditionally lame, but there's a noticeable difference in how much "drop" there is when the right hind lands. No head bob, but she was going with her nose stuck pretty straight out in front of her- further than you would normally see a horse carry their head out.
I'm thinking possibly chiropractic issue? She's only obviously uncomfortable under saddle, and the barn girls have said she's playing in the pasture when they turn her out, although she's still very quiet to handle on the ground. She's also been in heat nearly constantly this fall, so I don't know if there could be some kind of hormonal/mare issue going on? Or heaven forbid something to do with the strained suspensory she had on the same leg this spring. I had been hoping it was just that she was footsore since she'd worn pretty much all the wall off both hind feet, so we put hind shoes on her Monday and if anything she's worse- the increased drop on the RH started today.
If I was rich I'd call the vet out and do some kind of diagnostics, but I'm not- I'm in graduate school and only working part time. I gave her a couple grams of Bute today and will give her a couple grams tomorrow before I ride and see if she's any better- hopefully that will help rule some things in or out. And I will at least talk to my vet about the possibilities/what we can do, but does anyone here have any suggestions or similar experiences? Sorry for the novel :cry: