I recently noticed that my 16 year old OTTB sometimes appears “off” in his hind end when he gets up after his morning nap–to the point where he briefly looks lame. I have noticed him do this twice now but unfortunately I do not have any video. He doesn’t seem to have trouble getting up and he seems to “walk it off” shortly after getting up. Otherwise, he’s a fit, active horse that comfortably gallops to the pasture gate for his grain.
Is this relatively normal for a horse his age?
He does have a history of hind suspensory problems (he’s built really straight through his hind end) but as much as I hate to say it, he’s been going well lately and is in consistent work for dressage.
Anyone have similar experiences? Should I still be worried even though he appears to fully “walk it off” after a minute or two?
I’ll be calling the vet tomorrow to hear her thoughts and to see if we should put him back on Previcox (per the vet he’s been off Previcox for about a year because we fear that it could mask things if he were to strain a suspensory).