I thought this showmanship picture turned out really nice.
|A happy pony!|
There has been a slightly disturbing development in the Lilly department and I didn't want to ruin my happy show post yesterday by including this information, but I'm really puzzled. If you're a long time reader of Lilly's blog, you may recall how sometimes she seems to get "stuck" when she's walking. I've done posts on it here and here, but basically what happens is her left leg seems to get stuck, or hung up somehow. It happens mostly when I ride, and I've only seen it once myself, so I don't know exactly what's going on. The one time I witnessed it, it looked like she tried to take a step, and her leg didn't go forward properly, which caused her to drag her foot a little bit. Her head shot up and she stopped for a minute, then tried to take the step again, and was able to walk forward. It seemed like it was something in her stifle that caused her to get stuck. Locking stifle, maybe? I can't say for sure.
She had some trauma to that area a long time ago. When Lilly was about a year and a half old, she lived in a stall during the day. The doors were only half doors and one evening when I came home from work, I found her half in and half out. She was hanging over the stall door... front feet out, hind feet in. I was able to get her back in the stall but she had really done a number on her left hind flank. The vet came out to take a look and said it looked fine, but she had an enormous hematoma that was there for a while and she was very sore.
I've had my vet examine her a couple times since then, but she doesn't do the sticking thing often and the vet has never actually seen it happen. She's been adjusted multiple times and did have a small issue with her pelvis, but the vet didn't think that would be causing the issue. I've been doing some exercises with her to help strengthen the muscles in that area, and we've been doing a lot of riding lately, which I thought would definitely help.
In the past, the issue showed up once in a while... maybe once every two weeks or so, and only when I'm riding her, usually at the walk. What's bothering me is that at the show on Saturday this happened no less than a dozen times. That's the most it has happened by far and I'm concerned about why it has increased so much, especially since I've been working on exercises designed to help her. It doesn't seem to hurt her, but there's something going on and I really want to find out what.
I've also recently noticed (and mentioned) that her clockwise canter is rough and fast. She always picks up the correct lead in front and behind, although it feels a bit like she's cross-cantering. Since this is new-ish too, I'm wondering if it has to do with the stifle issue as well. She seems to break more going clockwise, so perhaps when she breaks from the canter she's actually getting stuck and I just don't notice because we're cantering?
I know it's difficult to give ideas and opinions without actually seeing it for yourself, but does anyone have any ideas? I would really appreciate them!