In my neverending quest to make a sound, happy horse, I have scheduled an appointment with the pre-eminent New England veterinarian for lameness and Sports Medicine.
Yes, my $1,500 horse is going to see the best.
L palpated Boca's back yesterday. He had 48 hours off, and 1 day of bute.
Upon palpation, his back muscles were still spasming significantly.
L said, in her opinion, this would indicate a more chronic condition, and would make her think back/joints/hocks, not necessarily saddle fit.
I'm not going to lie - for all my brave words yesterday, I was pretty discouraged.
It doesn't help that I have too much time on my hands and spend too much time on the internet. The devil makes use of idle hands. I came across a sale ad for a 16h+ 4 year old gelding, at the same place I bought Boca a year ago.
I started wondering... how old is 10 really? I know nothing about Boca's past. I don't know if he was used hard, or hardly used. Would he be a different horse if I had bought him at 4?
Am I crazy to try to train/re-train a 10 year old horse?
To be honest, I did concoct a fantasy where I swapped Boca for the young, big gelding. In my mind, I pictured Boca going back to the dealer to be re-sold as a trail horse, and the big young gelding and I going on to success in the show ring.
Alas, I am waiting on a call back from the Vet's office to confirm my appointment.
And the big young gelding? He's already out on lease.
If I sound crazy and all over the place, it's because I am.
Welcome to the circus in my head. Grab some popcorn.