The hip bone's connected to the back bone
The back bone's connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone's connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!
As hard as it was, I shoved the anxiety down deep and faced the what's wrong with Izzy issue head on. I followed my regular routine: I turned on the sprinklers, filled feed buckets, tossed Izzy his timothy, and told Speedy he'd get his turn in a few minutes.
It was nearly impossible to tell if he was off because he would not trot. If he did make it a few steps, I couldn't see anything because his whole body was twisted and crooked. And after one or two trot strides, he flung himself into a bucking gallop. Eventually I shortened the line to about ten feet so that he had to trot. I couldn't see an obvious lameness.
I patted him, even though he was being a real jerk, and asked him to go the other way. To the right, he was more willing to trot, but it was slow and equally as crooked. Since he fell a week and a half ago, there hasn't been a single day of filling or heat, so I don't think he's lame from a tendon or suspensory injury. He is quite obviously sore though from his poll, down his neck, and into his withers and back.
I put him back in his stall and called my chiropractor. He'll be at the barn this afternoon.
The instant I realized what was probably wrong with Izzy, my funk lifted. I think the real problem was that I was concerned that this new and cranky horse might become my regular horse. Having a logical explanation for his behavior relieved me of my anxiety.
I can only guess, but I think what has happened is that after he fell he had four days of turn out with no under saddle work. That probably helped relieve some of his soreness. Then I rode him on Saturday where he was his normal self. On Sunday, he gave me a fabulous ride, but I did feel a few hitchy strides which I thought came from him trying to break into the canter. The third day that I rode him, Monday, was probably the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.
He was probably mildly sore on Saturday, but by Monday (and even yesterday), mildly sore has become really sore. I don't think he's broken, and he probably has a low pain thresh hold, but I am pretty sure we'll get him fixed up this afternoon. I have a great chiropractor.