By Patty Wilber
Over the last month I had begun to notice a slight decrease in stride length and impulsion in Indy’s trot, but I kept trying to tell myself I was imagining it because she was going square (evenly on all four legs, no classical lameness), and we were just getting back into training after her bone chip surgery last July.
But last Wednesday, when I went to work cows, Indy declined to pick up her right lead readily and when she did, she kind of popped her head up to get into it instead of rounding up and driving from behind. Ed Krause also noticed that she was short striding with her left hind when I did get the lope. I could not feel that from on her, but I could see it in the round pen and when she would stop and roll back, we both commented that she didn’t want to drive off her left hind.
Talk about depressing. First because she was not right, and second because I ignored two clues–the shortened trot and the reluctance to lope off on the one lead.
So, I called Dr. Lane Dixon and he came out on Friday. He thought she looked fine at the walk and trot, too, but also saw the short stride at the lope. When he performed the flexion test, it took her two steps to go sound on the right hind but five steps on the left.
He X-rayed her hock and found that it looked really clean. Whew!