My 17 year old warmblood gelding began stopping at jumps in December (never did that before), lack of impulsion. (Last summer he began standing with his right hind leg pointing at the ground).
Vet came out, adjusted saddle and shims for possible bone spurs, treated for possible EPM for a few weeks, came back, ultra-sounded and found bursitis in hips so injected those. Improved with work for a few weeks, turned him out for like 5 minutes and came back lame, hand trotting on different surfaces and under saddle. (We can’t lunge him–he tears off from past experience.)
Vet and bodyworker said lame front left, trainer said lame right hind. There was some head bobbing and right hind was digging dirt at the canter and not coming through all the way. (Fetlock sink might have been present then in both hinds.)
Restarted and have almost finished full course of EPM meds, walked under saddle for a couple of weeks, just started trotting under saddle and noticed that both of his hind fetlocks are almost ground level at the trot (they are ok while standing or walking). His right hind is also tracking in a bit and he feels more lame to the right. He has also recently dug a hole in his pen and now stands with his hind feet pointed down into it.
Vet doesn’t think it’s DSLD. Trainer think he needs more work (she had a horse with what she called “sloppy suspensaries” before and work fixed him). So we have started doing pole work. She thinks he looks a bit better; I’m discouraged that he is still lame and I don’t understand the fetlock drop.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? I would appreciate feedback from someone with first hand experience with this type of situation. It’s a “pulling my hair out” type of situation.
Thank you so much in advance!