Hi, just looking for suggestions for possible issues that would lead to back pain. My horse is 11 and has had notable struggles going supple and struggles a lot in the canter, especially the left lead which typically results in lots of bucking as well as struggling to maintain the correct lead behind. However this has also happened in trot work as well. I’ve checked for kissing spine via x-ray and ultrasound 3 times, the saddle fits well, scoped for ulcers & stomach was perfect. This issue is actually reoccurring and has happened in summer of 2016, spring/summer and later fall of 2018, early 2019, and now fall of 2020 to present day.
I have pulled her out of strenuous work for the past couple weeks because I feel there isn’t a good reason to ride when dealing with physical discomfort. However before this we were doing regular cavaletti lunges & also lunges through low grids as well as hillwork. The actual riding aspect has never been stressful, I typically capped my rides at 30-35 minutes max. On the lunge line, I noticed that the head/neck was being carried outwards, this also was noticeable during long lining but to a lesser degree.
I’m honestly at a loss as additionally, I’ve had countless bodyworkers out (massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturist), joint specialist, numerous general vets, surgeon, corrective shoeing, different kinds of injections, and nutritionist consultations. Conformation seems to be good, I bought my horse in 2015 as a rising six year old with the intention of 3rd level but these medical issues seem to be confusing my vets and I’m concerned as I’m fairly mindful of not overworking.