Here's the timeline:
- Sept 15 - Paddy moves to Trainer's barn to prep for Championships. He goes from 24/7 turnout with his beloved Brego to 12 hour turnout by himself.
- Oct 1 - Legend + Pentosan
- Oct 7-11, Region 9 Championships. Paddy felt awesome even if he was a brat in the arena.
- Oct 13 - Changed to Paddy's "winter" feed, Triple Crown Senior. Normally he gets TC Lite.
- Oct 14-15 ish - I notice Paddy feels kind of stiff all over, but he works out of it.
- Oct 16th or so - Trainer ride, she mentions that he feels a little stiff on his right shoulder.
- Oct 17-24 - I don't ride as much but when I do, Paddy feels stiffer and I have to push him. Normally he goes mach one-Haffie. He also seems a little less interactive than normal.
- Oct 25 - Paddy comes home for some R&R and to get his feet done.
- Oct 27 - Trimmer notices that Paddy seems stiff and doesn't want to hold up any of his feet. He's also not constantly messing with the trimmer (usually he licks his hair and other helpful things). Trimmer says he doesn't seem himself.
- Oct 28 - Great ride out on the trails - big trot, good canter work. Everything seems mostly normal except that after 20 minutes, he's exhausted.
- Oct 29-Nov 1 - Stuck riding or hand-walking on the road due to weather. Such fun. Many yays. He seems to not be landing toe first on the RF, and short-striding a little at the walk, but looks and feels fine at the trot.
- Nov 2 - Bodyworker comes out and mentions that his topline is not great, something I had also been noticing. He's extremely tight in his neck, especially on the right. He also usually spends the entire session messing with anything he can wrap his little lips around, including the Bodyworker's hair, belt, the grooming box, etc. This time he just sort of stands listlessly, although near the end he starts throwing brushes and he looks much perkier after she's done . We discuss what might be wrong with him, and I call the vet.
Hard-working Haffies require massages.
Here's a few things that keep coming to mind:
- He seems to be stiff and unwilling to go forward - normally he's a very strong, forward ride.
- He doesn't seem to be himself - normally he's into everything, and now he's just not.
- I thought he might be sort of depressed because he didn't have his Brego while at Trainer's, but his attitude hasn't really changed since he's been home.
- I also thought he might be tired of working in an arena day in and day out at Trainer's. However, trail rides and road work are equally as unexciting.
- I've had two people who don't see him every day (trimmer and bodyworker) comment that he didn't seem like himself.
- I'm doing a Panecur Powerpac, just in case he picked up something at Regionals or Trainer's barn
- The trimmer could find no abscesses, heat, or anything to indicate something wrong with his foot. We are, however, treating a deep crack in his RF heel (no thrush apparent, but still treating), which might be the cause of the toe-first landing. I will have the vet look at this limb in particular.
- Bodyworker found no soreness in his back.
- Some horses are sensitive to changes in sugars, and his winter feed is about 5% higher in NSCs than his summer feed. However, he's had that feed before and did not show any signs of it affecting him.