The more I consider things the more I'm confused as to why flexions haven't been done. The vets both seem really caught up on the horse being sound when they watch him go...He is a big boy at 18.1 hands, so having wear and tear at 11 years old seems reasonable. I have him on adequan, but I know that wouldn't take care of everything.
I don't think he would fit into cushings since he's not very old, if anything drinks too little, and he barely grows a winter coat. Do you still think it's a possibility? I'd have to look but I think glucose was on the bloodwork we've done before which was all normal. Of course this was not a specific test for cushings, but a general panel.
He did change a lot in his back when he finally gained some weight earlier this year, but I have had my saddle re-paneled since then. I'm not a saddle fitter, but to me it looks good. My only concerns with the saddle are that maybe the gullet is too narrow for his spine or that the saddle is too long and past his last rib. He is long in the area between his last rib and his hip (loin maybe?), so it's a bit deceiving. Hopefully I hear back from the saddle fitter I found, she was talking this Saturday or next to come look at him.
I do feel like we've been doing things in a weird order, but maybe it's just because I've been dealing with this for so long they assume it can't be something easy?