Am I crazy to have the vet out for a full work up?
Short version: horse that has been basically sitting in the pasture is ridiculously body sore and NQR, despite no riding and no acute injuries.
Long version: Horse is 9 and has been doing a lot of nothing for the better part of two years. Wasn’t doing a ton before (mostly short trail rides and w/t). Has some preexisting issues that are mild (loose stifles) and since retiring from an unimpressive racing career at 3 has been puttered around, with one summer in training and hopping around the 2’9” a few times.
Recently moved to a new barn in the interest of getting him back in shape with help from a trainer, but have only been handwalking hills and poles while searching for a saddle that fits us both.
Horse is definitely ulcery based on dropping weight and behavior - treating for them has fixed these issues in the past. I’ve started the Nexium protocol again but staff feeding supplements has been inconsistent (has been addressed - miscommunication between week and weekend staff) and now he is not finishing his grain (coincides with adding a ridiculously tiny bit of MSM to his supps - he’s leaving the feed that has the powder behind). Basically, he’s really only been on ulcer treatment for a consistent 5 days.
Had the massage therapist work on him today and she could barely touch him. His back/ribs were tolerated for a bit on the left, not on the right, and she got some good work on his hamstrings/general hind end. Couldn’t even get near his hips, neck or chest. Apparently his shoulder was slightly more tolerable but still.
Can ulcers really cause this much overall soreness? Specifically the neck issues surprised me. Last massage therapist (who first saw him while we treated ulcers as well) could do his neck but nothing further back.
Previous barn did haynets which is the first time for us, and he would get pretty violent with it. Could this cause neck issues this badly?
I’m also thinking I should get him Lyme tested.
I guess my question is, in the interest of not giving in to my instinct to throw everything and the kitchen sink at my horse, does it make sense to have the vet out to do a full lameness evaluation? He’s due for teeth (should happen in two weeks), hasn’t been consistently getting his ulcer meds (hopefully that’s addressed with staff and I’m removing the MSM for now), new barn, new routine, etc. but I just have this feeling something else is going on. He has these ridges on his spine behind the saddle, and a bit of a wonky way of going behind. I’d like to pin it down but I’m also afraid there’s so many variables it’s better to wait and see what shakes out.