Ive got some questions about my tb mare. About a week ago I rode her and she was mostly fine but the first time I asked her to canter she put in a half hearted buck. This was pretty out of character for her but as she has been getting fatter and more energetic, she's been itching to go a lot. Because of the horse flu we are stuck riding in the paddock and there is nowhere to let her go for a gallop. I put it down to too much energy as everything else seemed fine. However, I did check her legs and back when I got off and all seemed in order.
The day before yesterday I rode her again and she was really not herself. At all! She was spooking at everything which is also verrrry out of character. She is basically the most bombproof horse I have ever known. She was spooking so bad I nearly came a cropper 3 times (fortunately I have glue on my butt in the saddle lol my friends used to call me gluey cause once I was in the saddle, I very rarely came out :)) anyway, I digress :) I got off her after a while as I was frustrated and I don't keep riding if I get frustrated or cranky. Its no good for me or the horse as she would feel all my tension as it grows.
Today I took her into the lunge ring to see if I could identify any problems she may be having. I noticed a couple of things and im not sure if they mean anything or not.
In the walk, she was overstepping her front feet by about 6-7". She normally steps her back feet smack on the front foot spot (i hope you all know what im talking about. Im not the best at proper terms etc lol) I guess basically she is pulling up short in her front legs. Then in the trot her back feet were falling about 4" short of the front hoof. I know this generally indicates lameness that's why im a little concerned.
I've only noticed these issues since having her shoes taken off last weekend and a barefoot job done on her. Which I may add, was a very good job.
She stays in her yard all day which is all soft dirt about 2" deep and around an acre in size. Im not sure what that is in overseas language :) there is the odd rock here or there but I remove them as I find them so they are limited if not non existent at the moment. We have ridden out of the yard only the times I have already mentioned in this post and im very careful about where I ride when they have no shoes on.
I was going to get some video of her today so people could see but when I got it out the battery was dead. I will get some tomorrow though.
Does anyone have any ideas mainly about the overstepping. Also, what else should I look for if her hooves, legs etc seem fine.
Also, whats the deal with the spooking? I know its hard to answer frm an outsiders point of view but its a mystery to me so I was hoping there may be someone out there who has had a bombproof horse who for some reason has started shying at everything out of the ordinary. I can't say she does it all the time and the general things still don't bother her, it was just under the saddle that we had issues. Hence why I think it may have something to do with whatever else is going on. She just seems wired
Sorry for such a long post. I wanted to get it all in though :) any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated. I will get the vet out if needed