Tilly has just turned 5 and has been schooled once per week by an experienced friend, we have been over the moon with her progress and she always seems happy to go off in the trailer to the arena and is relaxed when she gets there. The past 3 weeks though it's been a different story ! Tilly has been unwilling to work under saddle, not wanting to go forward and doing funny little bronks and threatening to rear, sometimes she will go up slightly as if to warn her rider. When Claire gets off and lunges her she works really well so we are a bit confused, does she have pain somewhere or is she just objecting to being schooled ?
Out hacking she's a very good girl, never spooky or silly but she has become heavy on the forehand, wanting to stretch the whole time, occasionally when i ask for trot she does a funny little bronk. This afternoon I was trotting along a grassy track when all of a sudden her near hind just went from underneath her, she was limping so badly her back end was nearly on the ground. I jumped off straight away and Tilly was holding her leg up, at first I thought she had torn a ligament or damaged a tendon but after a few seconds I walked her on and she was fine. I walked her all the way home and she was absolutely sound, we have phoned the physio as i'm wondering if she has nerve damage ? She could have caught her foot in a rabbit hole maybe, but i've never experienced anything so dramatic before !! It felt as though she had broken her leg ! If anyone has any thoughts or idea's about this please let me know as I'm very confused about her behaviour. Thanks guys, Lyn & Tilly XX