You may remember this time last year, I was struggling with some unwanted under saddle behavior from my normally steady-eddie, good soul Boca.
My main reason for believing pain to be the underlying issue is my relationship with Boca. I've had him coming up on two years now, which is the longest I have ever owned a horse. In that time, Boca has always, always, met me at least halfway. He has always come through for me - sometimes in situations where I really didn't deserve him to. The trust bank is strong with this one.
Some of the process I have outlined in earlier posts on this blog. But to see the full spectrum of what we have gone through to get to this point, I figured I'd outline it here.
- Aug 2014 - Saddle fitter - Re-flocked wool saddle to custom fit. Thermal imaged Boca's back. Was assured he had no back pain.
- Sep 2014 - Chiropracter - Was told he was weak, stiff, and under-developed, but zero back pain.
- Jan 2015 - Saddle fitter - Adjusted wool saddle.
- Mar 2015 - Saddle fitter - Added 1/2 pad. Thermal imaged Boca's back. Was assured he had zero back pain.
- Mar 2015 - Had a cowboy ride him.
- Apr 2015 - Vet - Wellness exam. Test for lyme.
- Apr 2015 - Vet - Endoscopy for suspected ulcers
- Apr 2015 - Full course of Ulcergard
- May 2015 - Sports Medicine/Lameness Vet exam. Found significant back pain.
- May 2015 - Back Injections
- Jun 2015 - Back Re-check/Further Injections
- Jun 2015 - New Saddle
- Oct 2015 - Back Re-check/Surpass topical cream
- Jan 2016 - Bute/Robaxin Trial
- Feb 2016 - Xrays
And that, my friends, leads us to our diagnosis. Boca has Kissing Spines.
I was very relieved to finally have a diagnosis, one that is definite, treatable and has a positive prognosis for Boca's future as a riding horse. Once we did x-rays, it was very obvious even to the untrained eye, exactly what the problem was.
I'll get into more detail tomorrow, but I'll end today's post here. This feels like a long post for someone who is out of practice.