Fits and starts.
February 8, 2012 4 Comments
We had a middling lesson on Monday, but last night I ended up staying out of the saddle because Derby was clearly back sore, and was absolutely evil in the cross ties, snapping and pinning his ears flat against his head. This isn’t normal behavior for him, so I put down the brushes and gave him the a once over. His back was reactive. He was also sensitive to very gentle touching on his sides and his tummy. This is also new – he enjoys being groomed and generally doesn’t object to having his tummy curried, except when I need to employ a bit more vigor when removing clods of dried mud – but that wasn’t the problem yesterday.
Unfortunately, the appointment to re-scope him was cancelled and we’re still trying to synch everyone’s schedules. In the meantime, I’m going to call the vet today – at this point, given what I saw last night, I wonder if he’s not getting some ulcers. His behavior has been strange, and last night was markedly worse, and he has been on a variety of meds lately (Previcoxx, SMX and Dex.) Time (and the vet) will tell, I’m sure.