I took Brego for his first real ride outside his turn-out today. We only walked, but I made the observation that he was favoring his left-front foot when on the sand. Some of the sand is quite deep, and in other parts it's firm. When we got to the big field (all grass), the favoring stopped and he walked normally.
I'm going to call the farrier tomorrow morning, but thought I'd run this by you all here on the Forum. I've never come across this in a horse and I'd like to have a fairly intelligent conversation with him!...lol!
Also by way of additional info, the hoof on this foot (he's barefoot, too) is sort of oddly shaped -- the heel seems quite long/high, but not because the hoof is overdue for a trim. There's actually not a lot of "excess" to be trimmed right now. When I bought him a month ago, he'd been recently trimmed and the toes seemed very short to me, with almost an exaggerated roll to them. Anyone seen anything like that??
Anyway, I'll see what the farrier says, but like I said this is a new one on me. I'm hoping it can be remedied, though, since most of where I'll be riding is on sand!!