My horse has had so many issues in the 6 months of ownership:-
- he always had a stuffy choppy gait and looked like he had been ridden in draw reins. I had him worked on by an osteo (Gavin Scofield) who is very good and said his back muscles (lumbar area) were so tense he was surprised he allowed himself to be ridden - also found tightness in one shoulder.
- he was only ridden for a few weeks at walk - long and low to stretch his muscles
- he started displaying terrifically aggressive behaviour very early on - I mean really really nasty - biting kicking and striking
- I had him scoped for ulcers and yes low grade ones found - he was turned away and out on high fibre diet and gastrogard.
- I found out some history and he has been abused - accounting for his aggression
- also to say had some controvery here over the behaviour - I believed he had pain and other 'more experienced horse folk' said that I was acting scared and hence he was so aggressive toward me
- he has been off work since early January (then it had only been light work)
-I had an AC done and an iridology report and both confirmed a fall/old injury to right side stifle and pelvis out both sides. Put him on daily supplements of Devils Claw and Relax Me calmer. He said in the AC that he found ridden work too painful (very last time ridden he bucked so hard 4 times with my daughter on board - only walking around!). He is a very demonstrative horse and tells you what ***es him off!
- he hated being stabled (probably abused in one) and he kicked out the side wall in one of ours. This will have hurt his pelvis I am sure.
- he has gone onto summer grazing and he completely changed personality since. No threats no ears, no faces no biting - very loving - amazing!!
- a friend started working him daily 2 weeks ago and he has been really willing and keen - doing join up and general ground work - making him back up etc.
- He is still not moving right or freely (he has fab conformation and should move really well)
- I had a shaiatsu practitioner out who got very emotional working on him due to his sad past. She found pain in his pelvic region and said this could be a long haul
- I rang my supportive vet who said we could scan - but really could do with a lameness work up first to justify that. She knows of the iridology and shiatsu etc.
We have agreed on a pain trial of Danilon for a month and if that starts to work and he lets himself be touched all over again (meant to meantion he suddenly didn't want to be touched again after such a positive start with my friend). Then we would try a McTimoney practitioner to relieve him.
I don't actually care how long it takes to fix him, but I have the summer window for this experienced friend to work with him and I don't want her to stop now even if he is not to be ridden for months. I see this groundwork as mentally stimulating and quite necessary for him.
I am upset really because ideally I would want Gavin to continue to treat him given his reputation, but he is so popular he only holds clinics and I refuse to travel my horse for over an hour to get him treated, as this would imo potentially undo all the work done by Gavin. It's a dreadful route too and very bumpy.
Does this 'plan' sound feasible? Can anyone make any other suggestions or throw in advice experiences good or bad.
I so want to see this poor horse come right. I can't have him be in pain. I know some of it maybe that the ground is rock hard - he has done virtually nothing for 6 months except potentially irritate an old injury site through kicking the stable wall and now he is being worked albeit only on the ground 5 days a week. I am getting woodchip put down in the roundpen we use tomorrow to make it more comfortable . He is barefoot. Arghhhh.
A pimms and melt in the middle choc pudding for anyone getting this far!!!