Long story short, 2012 Hanoverian mare is reluctant to pick up her hind feet for farrier, vets and now me. Mostly so on her left hind. When you go to pickup her left hind she’ll either pick it up momentarily, slam it down and then rest the right hind (she was doing the same on the other hind too, but her right has gotten better). Or she’ll put all her weight on her left hind and wont even attempt to pick it up. I suspect she doesn’t want to load her weight on her right hind. I suspect its a pain issue as she’s fine for the other 3 feet (or at least the fronts) but it can’t be that bad since she’s sound under saddle?
She just came home from being in full training at A-show barn. While there she became difficult for farrier and was sedated for being shod. In October she had her hocks and stifles injected for the first time (in an attempt to help any discomfort). She was on Legend and Adequan but has not had any since October. In December she had her SI injected by a vet experienced in lamenesses. That vet saw inflammation in her stifles but noted her soreness/response mostly to SI region. I think she is moving better u/s since all those injections. But she still doesn’t have clean changes most of the time (these have always been a battle). If you are lunging her and she takes off, she’ll bunny hop behind (canter with hind legs together). Her last shoeing we could get shoe nailed on her left hind (even under sedation) so she’s been barefoot behind last 6 weeks. Farrier was able to briefly trim right hind today while she was in her stall eating/distracted. Mare lives in a stall, is turned out daily and ridden 3x a week. She has not jumped in last two months but was jumping regularly 3’ and under while in training. She is a big mare and can be heavy in her mouth while jumping. Also has been difficult to collect her canter but it’s greatly improved since training. She had clean x-rays as a 2 y/o and I have x-rays from 18mos ago with beginning arthritis in her hocks and some changes in her stifles (mostly right stifles).
Anyone have experience with similar issue or any ideas? I can have vet come out and do new x-rays to see any changes since last 18mos but kind of out treatment options? I’m up for animal communicator (not sure I believe that stuff) or body work/chiropractor.