Odd behavior after a trim
So the new farrier was back out today to trim my other three horses, and to do a touch up on the two he did previously.
My two riding horses, Star and Harley, he said were overreaching. Which I've never noticed before. He said he'd fix it with their trim.
Star is a 6 year old Quarab, never had shoes on, is just doing some very minor dressage, and is mostly a trail horse. This mare has plain amazing hooves, even if they are dainty, never taken a lame step.
Harley, 10 year old Paint, hasn't had shoes on in the last five years, Toes in severely on his fronts, again trail horse.
They got trimmed, thrown in the pasture, while I went to work but I noticed no problems when I turned them out. Fast forward 6 hours and I get out of work, go home, to find Harley standing with his front legs stretched out in front of him.
I though founder for a moment, but there is no other symptoms, and when I went to lead him, he wanted to rock back on his hinds. I put him on the lunge so I could see better, and his left front has a slight, almost hitch to it at the trot. He's not really bobbing, but is reluctant to put his weight on it. I went and picked his hooves up, and he gave me quite a fight about picking up his right front, clearly not wanting weight on that sore leg.
I noticed on his left front, that he has about a dime size piece of sole that is to high. Its over the edge of his hoofwall, and is much higher then the rest of the sole.
I'm thinking this is his problem. Harley has always been Mr. Tender Toes. But I'm no expert. I gave him half a bute, and stalled him for the night. If he's still sore tomorrow, I'll have the farrier back out. Mistakes happen and he might have screwed up and missed the bit of sole. I'm a forgiving person and I do like how gentle he is with the horses, so I'd be willing to let him fix his mistake.
I put Harley away, only to notice Star is stumbling. She's showing no signs of lameness, but she is tripping. Now this mare is extremely sure footed, and this is not like her. She's also holding her backs very far under her.
What the heck happened? I'm already quite sure I'll be farrier shopping again.
I'll get pictures tomorrow. It was nearly dark out when I got home and my flash sucks.