We moved our horse about 2 months ago and we see her daily now instead of 2x/week (in the winter months it was mostly mucking, she was barely ridden) so I'm not sure if the following issue has been around or is getting worse or is brand new.
Our mare has always drug her hind feet when she is in her stall or walking around leisurely. Lately I've been noticing that she looks extra stiff in her hind and every now and then she will be lame for a few steps and then she will be fine. The past 2-3 days she has been slightly lame while tracking to the right and she drags her left (outside) hoof even at a trot. I have rubbed, poked, massaged, felt, etc. and cannot find any heat or soreness/tenderness. My mother-in-law (MIL) says that Lily has always had bad confirmation in her hind (she is right) and that it's just the way she goes. MIL also said that the only way to determine what it is is to put Lily out and have them do MRI's and x-rays to the tune of $3,000-4,000 which I cannot do right now. She suggested riding her until she goes dead lame. I am not comfortable doing this.
Today while I was out at the barn I put Lily in the arena and took off her halter so that I could watch her walk around freely. Well, the first thing she decided to roll in the sand. I was alarmed when she stood up and she could not shake. She tried and could only shake her head. I then asked her to walk around toward the left and she showed no signs of lameness. She did drag her outside hoof while tracking to the right and she did seem a little off. Lily was feeling good and wanted to play so out of the blue she would go from a nice quiet walk to an explosive gallop (complete with bucking and snorting and followed with some prancing and snorting). She did this twice so I decided it might do more harm than good so I decided to quit and put her back in her paddock.
I have decided to call the vet and have her looked over. I'm not sure if I should call my regular vet who knows Lily or a chiropractic vet. There is one in our area and I have heard good things about him but he is expensive. Any opinions?