Barrel Horse

I purchased a 4 year old gelding a year and half ago. He was a real winner for 8 weeks, then boom, he bottomed out. Now he is 1/2 to 1 second to 1 and 1/2 seconds off.I purchased a 4 year old gelding a year and half ago. He was a real winner for 8 weeks, then boom, he bottomed out. Now he is 1/2 to 1 second to 1 and 1/2 seconds off.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder,

I purchased a 4 year old gelding a year and half ago. He was a real winner for 8 weeks, then boom, he bottomed out. Now he is 1/2 to 1 second to 1 and 1/2 seconds off.

Will not use the rear end at all to turn. Acts like he has no control over it. After many vet bills and trips to different vets, my vet that I trust fully has determined a torn or pulled groin muscle. He advised 30 days rest, however I have rested him for 90 days before this and no change.

Please advise me what steps or treatments might be recommended.

Thanks
Janey Taylor
Louisiana

Janey,

There is no way to advise you when we don’t have a diagnosis. If the groin muscle is correct then you are looking at laying him off for about 6-12 months. I don’t think 30, 60, or 90 days will do but think about it.

If the muscle is torn away then it has to fibrous back in and then rebuild itself before you start putting stress on it. Now, this does not mean you can not pleasure ride your horse but it does mean no running or sharp turns.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder