He next day I came out and she appeared to be fine, so I walked her around a bit for exercise then returned her. Day after that she was still fine, so I trotted her in the round pen for fifteen minutes, cooled her out, then let her graze.
I came back the next day, and she was limping severely. At first I freaked out, thinking I'd caused more injury, and brought her in quickly. I did a quick inspection and still saw nothing wrong. Puzzled, I stood there for a minute then noticed something. Today she was limping on her left fore. I was like 'okay...weird?' but went ahead and gave her some muscle relaxer and hosed her down. When I went to turn her back out though, as soon as I let her loose- she loped away from me, no problem at all!
Yesterday, same thing, except this time she wasn't limping at all while I was watching from my car. As soon as she saw me though, she starts limping and grunting like she's in severe pain. On the right fore. I'm not so sure that she's hurt though. AGAIN I brought her and and checked her, this time feeling her back, neck, and stretching all of her legs. She didn't seem to be in any pain whatsover.
Today, I brought her out and she didn't limp at all and I lunged her for a few minutes at a walk and trot. As soon as I started setting up cavalettis though, she started limping.
Now I'm not one to think horses are smarter than they are, but I've heard of horses who fake limping just to get out of work. I don't want to hurt her though! I can't really afford vet fees right now unless I'm sure she's in pain, either. I had the BO check her today too, and they didnt see anything wrong (although she wasnt really cooperative so they didn't get a full inspection done) what do you guys think? I've heard controversial things about fake limping. That its not possible for an animal to think that way, and that 'ofcourse they can!'
I just don't want to hurt her. What do you guys think I should do? Wait it out and keep her resting, or continue working?