Originally Posted by Golden Horse
Sorry, *puts hand in air because wants to ask question*
While I agree that a lot of lameness evaluation is done trotting on a hard level surface, I thought that often equally as telling are the hard turns, done either way and the first step or two off the turn?
The first thing most vets will do when they PPE for soundness re. The legs and feet is to have it trotted up and down as I described. Flexion tests (see video) are then done
and asking the horse to turn on itself and walk away or trot away then horse is then either ridden or lunged - but it can be quite hard to distinguish between a horse being lame on the lunge or just getting its legs in a knot/striking itself when its not educated enough to know how to do the job
I wouldn't personally buy this mare or recommend her for the OP but if she was otherwise perfect for me I wouldn't discount her based on that lunging without first having a vet or a farrier look at her - a horse that's out 24/7 and likely not getting much attention could easily have any sort of hoof related problems going on that are an easy fix