Sorry to double post, but he doesn't have shoes on from looking at the pic. I wonder if he's been in a soft, muddy pasture for a while and is reacting to the blacktop on his bare hooves? None of my current horses have shoes because they don't need them, but I NEVER take them on blacktop, cement, concrete, etc unless to cross a street or the driveway.
Not a problem about double posting! I haven't had the vet look at him yet, so any suggestions as to what may going on are also welcome.
He doesn't have shoes and his hooves are in pretty bad need of a trimming. They are in good shape otherwise though, a little "rounded" (for lack of a better term). That is actually a gravel driveway, though you can't really tell in the picture. I wouldn't even really call it gravel, we don't have stones, but coal ashes. They are relatively small pieces, kinda like tiny gravel. And not real hard. The area we were standing in is just REALLY solidified/old gravel area, it's not cement or blacktop.
Besides that, he does this in grass too. It does seem worse in the barn on the concrete though.
I've seen a lot of horses in my lifetime, we frequently take in ones that just need their feet trimmed and some weight put on and find t hem new homes. I've seen a lot of lame horses. Never had I had one who shows NO other signs of being lame besides the limp/head bob thing. There is no heat, no swelling.
This morning I thought I felt a little bit of warmth, but it wasn't significant and I had applied Liniment so I wasn't sure if that's what I was feeling.
It's mysterious. I didn't give him any Bute until today. I wanted to gauge how badly lame he was. He has gotten better, so I started him on a little Bute to give him some relief and we'll see what happens. If he's not showing significant improvement by the time I wean him off, we'll be calling the vet for some xray's. I am no vet, but I am a tech - and I see *nothing* with the naked eye.
The first two days he was "stretching" a lot - is anybody familiar with this happening with a lame horse? In my mind, I thought maybe a muscle?