This post took me hours to finish, and at least 2 breakdowns. I’ve decided that horses turn even the most sensible of people into big, emotional messes that inevitably turn to negative thoughts. I completely admit that these past 6 months of various mysterious injuries and lameness with O have definitely led to me becoming this person. Which I hate, by the way.
However, today was the day that I finally got at least partial answers about O and her issues. Today was the meeting with my trainer to get the full download from O’s various appointments last week.
A disclaimer. None of it was great news.
First: The chiropractor told me more about O’s past than I’ve known in the 10 odd months of owning her. The chiropactor agreed that O had a significant amount of work that needed to be done to make her feel better…He also agreed that in her short life before being with me, O had a rough time of it, and may have suffered a serious trama. Whether it was at the track or as a track pony, we don’t know. After hearing this though, my trainers did some calling around and found out that the man who bred/trained O when she was a racehorse has a crappy reputation with his horses. 😦 That pisses me off!
Secondly: O is still lame. And on a lunge looks to be exactly the same amount of lame as she was a month ago when we first noticed it (again). She is due for shoes, but my trainer doesn’t think that is the issue. All the injections, the bute, the stretches, special appointments, and time off did nothing. It’s rather heartbreaking.
That being said, I feel like the bottom line that came out from this meeting is that the chiropractor, along with various opinions from the vets and farriors (yes-we have 2), there are some serious concerns being raised about O’s future as a jumping horse. These recent and continuing lameness issues have sparked a lot of debate and worry. At this point I’m trying really hard to not focus on the fact that O might not be my jumping partner ever again, and most definitely will not be my future Adult Hunter. I want to focus on finding a way to make her healthy and happy! I love her, and it’s torture to know that we still don’t know what is wrong. Next stop is shoes. And in the meantime, lots of love and treats for my girl.