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  • #61
    The whole video just made me sad!

    After seeing the round pen video I take back my first idea of EPM. This horse is just really sore, and ... I can't believe the trainer is actually riding a horse in THAT much pain. Also, not to be a complete jerk here, but ...

    You are his owner! Why or why would you have let it continue? And am I correct that the trainer actually tried to jump him. Go ahead - feel free to blast me, but I get stressed out when my horse appears to be uncomfortable or isn't going as well as I know he can. I'm a huge wimp when it comes to my trainer but there is no way I would have stood there. Sorry, but I see it as my responsibility to make sure whoever gets on my horse's back is trustworthy ... and that is definitely not the case here.

    Anyway, sorry about the vent. Hopefully, you will get a good vet and the problem will get solved.


    • #62
      OP- I have nothing to add that hasn't already been said, but I can tell that you're smitten with this horse, and I truly hope everything works out so that you two have a great future together! I'm hoping for just a little time off then posts from you down the road with great updates. Best of luck to you!!
      "Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH


      • #63
        He's beautiful... And obviously very sore.

        I agree your vet is not helping here. I'm actually quite shocked the vet didn't want to test for a couple of things and check that hind end more. I would consult a good lameness vet, maybe a couple. Maybe tell them your financial situation and ask them where your money would best be spent. Then haul to the one you trust the most, based on their answers.

        I think it's also fair to bute and see. But I agree to at least do some basic bloodwork (suggested somewhere above) so you don't lose a window of opportunity to fix something. I would have the vet check the back and hind end extra well.

        Chiro makes me nervous, but frankly, if a horse is well and truly out, I would do it.
        Born under a rock and owned by beasts!


        • #64
          Originally posted by Atlas Shrugged View Post
          Agree with Purepony. Can you afford a bone scan? Mine started getting odd that way and it turned out to be a bruised hind coffin bone from kicking the damn stall. We got the whole work up with 2 excellent vets before we figured it out. And make sure there isn't a wicked pulse going on in any of the feet.
          You know...my horse just started doing something VERY similar to the OP's horse. At first he didn't want to canter forward (was still cantering better than the OPs...but just not wanting to move along at a hand gallop). I could force him and he'd comply and get better...but he'd then get quick and worried. Then he started not wanting to trot. He was also better on the longe than under saddle. Because I had him long enough, I knew something wasn't right and he wasn't just being lazy (as most other people thought)...which he very much is on the whole. When he wasn't cantering well, I got off him a lot of times because something just didn't seem right. I'd then longe him and he'd look fine. I thought I was going crazy. when it proceeded into the trot, I REALLY knew something was wrong and I wasn't crazy.

          Turns out it was a bruised front cannon bone. It took about 3 weeks to get it all figured out (from the beginning of him not being as willing at the canter to first vet appt).
          Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
          Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"


          • #65
            My super sensitive OTTB "trantered" because of bad saddle fit.. bet that's a big factor.