Now what? Hind end NQR, rehab not working, how to proceed?
I've got a really lovely TB mare that came off the track in 2010. I got her last March. She'd been in and out of work since leaving the track but never ridden very consistently. She was not sound when she came to me. I attributed it to an abscess, foot soreness and subsequent body soreness.
However it quickly became clear her hind end is NQR, sometimes in a big way. I suspect she has done something catastrophic to it at some point and we are dealing with an old injury that she "tweaks" when playing or working.
With stall rest and 2 grams of bute a day, she looks ok-ish. :( Then we start working her again, weaning off the bute, and it all goes downhill.
There have been times where she is sound enough for light work with a lightweight rider-- W/T/C with no expectation of hind end engagement, no lateral work, straight lines. Other times she is so lame she can barely trot.
I've had two vets and a great farrier involved. Vets can't really pinpoint it, I've had several lameness evals with no real answer. It's pretty clear it is something higher up in her hind end, complicated by an old injury to the LH that swells occasionally. I've not done chiro-- they are hard to come by around here and my primary vet is not keen anyway... plus she looks so sore I at times I'm kind of scared to have her adjusted not knowing exactly what is going on in there.
She has one of the nicest temperaments I've ever come across... kind, honest, just so easy and sweet. It is breaking my heart that I can't get her serviceably sound.
I have no idea what to do at this point. Pursue more diagnostics and try to get a definitive answer? I'm tempted to turn her out and essentially retire her, but even turn out makes her really sore a lot of the time. Stall her most of the time and find a lightweight rider to keep her going lightly and hope she builds some muscle and the controlled exercise helps? (I am not huge, but at 5'9 and 165 I'm not small, either.)
I'm kind of at a loss and I guess a little sad that my relatively young mare is broken. Not to mention feeling like an idiot in some ways for taking her on, but I was sure I could get her reasonably sound, and I guess I am a bleeding heart.
I joke that she just wants to be my daughter's leadline pony, but at this rate, that is about all I can expect her to be!