I was not expecting anything special, considering hes been sitting in a paddock stuffing his face for weeks.
Don't get me wrong, he was perfectly civil.
Thats very unlike him.
Hes not horrible anymore like he was a year ago, but he also has way more spunk usually.
Today he was perfectly fine shuffling along at the walk.
I studied him. He didnt look off anywhere. Just....eh. Not really moving. I can't blame him, he was probably creaky and felt a little stiff from all the isolation.
And then I heard it.
A very loud cracking sound everytime he stepped forward with his RH. (As a reminder, this was the foot with the abcess.)
So I listened closer.
Yep. Definitely cracking. Every single step with that RH.
Hes wasnt off. Did not seem concerned at all. It was just...cracking.
I asked for a trot and it went away.
OK what was going on?
Back to the walk, there it was again.
I watched his stifle thinking it might be there, but no, it definitely seemed like it was coming from the lower region.
I ran through a list of possibilities. Watched him like a hawk. Pushed aside panic.
As I stated before, he didnt seem lame, just a bit out of shape and lethargic. I also wasn't pushing too hard, but I still didnt want him thinking trifling around like a western pleasure horse was OK so I asked for a bit more than a shuffle and didn't get much. Thankfully without grumbling from him though, which was nice. I remained concerned though.
|This was the most I got out of him today|
|About 6 weeks ago for comparison. *le sigh*|
So what I'm asking from all of you is if you've experienced a cracking or popping on joints after a long break in work? I of course, am freaking out because I am a neurotic, anxiety ridden horse owner with a horse that has made it his main goal to cause me stress.
I've literally never had this happen to any of my horses and I've been around the horn a time or two. Even after MONTHS off.