Jaydee- Thank you for that link! Lots of good info. "An altered way of walking" especially rang a bell. I'm honestly not sure about a hunter's bump. His croup is a little prominent, but I think that may be because his whole rump is under muscled. His pelvis does twist so the left is higher than the right. Chiro re-sets it every time, but it doesn't hold like it should.
Foxhunter- I tried to get some good pictures. Let me know if you need re-takes.
This one's from October. Bad hooves, they are much better now:
His pelvis was realigned on April 9th. It may or may not have held since then, my eye isn't trained enough to tell, unfortunately!
I did notice how tight he was holding his dock. Usually he lifts it while trotting. He was VERY back sore that day, so what you're saying about misalignment of the dock makes sense. Today there is almost no soreness on his left side of his lower back, but still reactive on the right. His tail has no resistance when I try to lift it now. Although he is periodically lifting it and holding to the right for a few moments- maybe trying to relieve some pain? Not sure. Lunging him that tight isn't a regular thing, I promise! I have a 25' line, but was trying to keep him in the video frame. Thank you so much for your replies, I've learned a ton from you!
KigerQueen, you crack me up. I don't mind you hijacking my thread
Trinity, his hooves were really distorted in October. I switched farriers and she's been doing a pretty good job of keeping everything in line. I only know the basics, like ELPO hoof mapping, but as far as I can tell, there's not much stretching left in the toe. So absolutely possible that it was contributing to the problem! I wish I knew about past injuries.
Saddlebag- Agree with you on the attitude. He usually works down from it, though. Headshaking and pinning ears when starting, then once he warms up and gets going he's fine.