Ok so I've got a dilema. Its a little complicated so ill start from the beginning.
Last summer around August my 12 year old quarter horse accidentally ran himself into a post out in the pasture while running around. He came up lame at the trot and was on stall rest and hand grazing for about a month and a half. After that he was fine and w/t/c beautifully. We did a drill team and participated in some speed shows and he was perfect. But then around late May of this year he pulled up seriously lame again. We determined he had thrush and started treatment immedately but nothing changed. We called the farrier out and he said the infection was serious (it was a really wet summer) and he has a few stone bruises, he said the only way to fix the problems was shoes, so we had shoes put on him.
Today his thrush is gone and so are the bruises, but he's still limping! I recently took him to the beach (he loves water) and he had a great time! W/t/c no problem and had so much fun. But whenever I go to ride him he limps ( except for that one time). An dim wondering is he really in pain? Or has he figured out that if he favors his leg he will get out of work? He doesnt limp in the pasture at all even when he's running just when im on him. Please Help! I would really like to avoid bringing our vet out, he is really expensive and unfortunately the only one in the area. Even my trainer with 30+ years of experience isnt even sure whats wrong!