Since January horse has been super reactive to any light brushing or placing of hand on right side, right about where cecum is.
Regular body work has shown he’s gotten super tight also from poll through neck and shoulder.
On lunge, looks like a bag of parts, and like his feet hurt. Under tack, won’t go forward … as in, won’t take a trot step. Will walk on a long rein but if I even pick up the reins and take to a mostly non-existent connection (that is, reins drooping), brakes are jammed on. He started demonstrating discomfort after a 15 minute walk warm up … he would get kind of roach backed and crabbing sideways.
Has a mysterious patch of edema on his back that showed up in late January and isn’t resolved, yet.
Did complete xrays of head, neck, back, feet. Ultrasounded neck and back also. Nothing of concern. Saddle checked twice (custom made for him), teeth checked (perfect), gut checked (perfect).
The only other oddity is that he is travelling in a strange way on lunge. To the right, his head points out, and his butt points in. He does not want to bend.