09-23-2008, 03:31 PM
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Since it's been mentioned that it could be a trimming/shoeing issue, I wll skip that part.
A three year old is still developing and you say it's been 6 months since he started being a little off, so I'm going to assume you've been riding him since he was a 2 yr old. You might try slowing down on your training and consider letting him rest until next spring. Whatever is going on, he's still growing and this could be your first sign his body isn't ready for the workload just yet. Better to back off now and have a sound horse for life than to push for a competiton this year and he's retired before he's five.