|This is my set of "really cool, but you wouldn't want to own them" x-rays. These make every vet I've ever seen cringe and ask me incredulously "Omg. And you RIDE this horse?!" Yes, actually. And he's surprisingly sound.|
But now, I might have another joint to obsess over.
While watching Guinness walk ahead of me on last week's eventful trail ride, I noticed his right hind winging out widely. My horse has always traveled straight behind, so I immediately took notice of this wild change. In fact, I've been obsessing about it ever since.
Year old video of Pig trotting:
Video from this week (please excuse the wiggling!):
Did the trailer accident cause a minor modification to the hock joint?
It's completely possible. The leg with the weird movement is the one that was trapped under Guinness for the whole ordeal. While the hock didn't have a scrape on it, that doesn't mean that the joint didn't undergo enough stress to start some arthritic changes.
So with two weeks until we trot down the centerline at the season's first USDF show, I'm calling the vet today to schedule injections in the funky hock. If they work, great. If not, we'll look at other options. Wish us luck.
|The offending hock in action, and looking damn good.|