Last Wednesday, after looking at my calendar and seeing that the NQRness/wonky shoulder stuff hadn’t really improved in a week and a half, I decided to get the vet out. So Friday afternoon I met the vet at the barn, prepared to show her my lame then not so lame horse on the lunge.
Well, as soon as I put him on the lunge, he looked completely different than the previous 10 days. No head bobbing, no super short front left. Instead, we both saw a slightly off hind left. Every few strides he would get a hitch in that hip, but nothing mortifying and though the vet called him “serviceably sound“, we still proceeded with flexion tests.
To make a long story short, he had a weak positive reaction to both hocks. For my peace of mind, we put him on muscle relaxer over the weekend so that if he improved he would know it was a simple soreness thing, but really deep down I know there’s not much chance of avoiding more injections.
Now that the weekend is over, and I have poured over the videos taken from each day in order to compare the progression, he still takes the occasional funky step. So, while I’m glad to have my horse feeling better regarding soreness and in general, he’s still in a place where he can be improved- hence another date with the vet this afternoon. I admit to being slightly disappointed at having to inject again so soon. Goodbye, money!