Had the physio out on Tuesday. Not good news. I knew chunky was seizing up. So I thought physio might help. Theres a distinct lack of movement in his back end. They think I would be best to put him back on the bute daily, to help with any inflammation. But thinks I really need to discuss with the vet if theres anything we should be doing to find out what's wrong or if it's just old age. Whether he should have any other supplements. The physio is only secondary help and we really need to address the cause. I dont see what else I can do, surgery at his age isn't an option regardless of any issues found. Whether it's worth having xrays done to confirm where the problem is. I dont know. Hes done less this year, which has meant less back swelling but he seems to have got stiffer in his back end quicker. So its catch 22.
We trotted up Billy and I was informed he looks lame. I've suspected something is not right hes been sore a few times in the saddle area, but he doesnt ride lame at all and his back didnt seem sore when the physio looked. I had a hint a couple of weeks ago on a hack when he didnt want to trot or canter. But the next day he happily cantered at full speed so I thought he was having an off day.
Hes been footy on the stones but his feet have gone soft now where getting heavy dews overnight and weve had a lot of rain recently. I'm riding first thing in the morning so the feet are very soft and dont get chance to harden and dry out before I ride. Theres also no distinct foot that he finds more footy.
The physio said he was moving okay through the back and couldn't find tightness. When we trotted up a second time the physio couldnt decide which leg he looked lame on, so it's a complete mystery.
Vet is coming tomorrow for both to do there teeth and Billy is due his flu jab. I will talk with him about chunky and his future. I'm going to put him back on daily bute, the vet already said I could do this but having read up on people saying would you bute to ride etc and the long term damage of bute i took him off it and only gave if he did a very long ride or drive but I think now is the time to give it regularly. The physio showed me the difference between the two boys flexibility and it really shocked me. Chunky reminds me of an old person shuffling along on there zimmer frame, looking like they've pooped themselves. I wish I had a magic wand.
I will be having a discussion on billys lamenes, and hope the vet might be able to spot something. Physio said not to ride till vets seen Billy and not to bute either. I'm going to have one very excited horse having done no work all week. He was a bit funny with the physio. He just doesnt like strange people. Maybe having had this week off he will trot up sound. I can hope. By the time the vets examined him he will be very hyper and frustrated. I envisage flailing legs. So getting a needle in to then sedate for teeth will be very dangerous. I envisage some spinning and rearing there as well. Maybe even a hospital trip. Roll on tomorrow.