However, that issue isn't the hock. It's the stifle.
We didn't take x-rays, so we don't know for sure what we are treating. My vet offered me the choice of going to Purdue to get ultrasounds and x-rays, having some digital x-rays taken at his office, or just treating now and seeing how any improvement informs future decisions. I chose the later.
See, I've know there's a pain issue, even more so than I let on in my previous post. I've been through training issues, and stubbornness issues with this horse before. This hasn't felt the same. He's trained to this level, and knows his job. He even likes his job. So when he's recently started off easy and lovely in the bridle and remained that way through the whole ride, except when tracking right, alarm bells started chiming. Then, we very recently started working in the deeper footing of the outdoor ring, and Pig started panic sweating when we track right. The alarm bells got even louder.
So why didn't I leap in for the whole diagnostic shebang? Well, I have a 17 year old ex-racehorse on my hands. A really wonderful one, who has given me so much and means the world to me. But, his fetlocks look like they were pounded on with hammers, and his neck snaps and pops when he stretches. There isn't a lot of mileage left in him in the riding ring, and one more issue isn't the send of the world. It's one more issue to take into account when I look at his overall soundness picture.
|The look of eagles.|
|Sweaty and gross from a ride in the outdoor.|
|"Stalls are terrible! Give me candy corn!!"|