front legs keep twitching
I have had this horse since aug 15th and we had a farrier out on day 1 to fix up his feet. They had grown out and chipped and looked terrible. He did his thing and nothing major, just needs to grow out and they should be ok.
I have rode him every other day just mainly 90% walking because he is out of shape. (they said he was ridden 1 time for a couple of hours and then not ridden again until some all day trail ride and then sold to my friend). She was new to horses and she didn't feel comfortable riding him by herself but IMO he is really a good horse. I had horses 20 years ago for about 4 years, I never noticed them doing this behavior. It is not a limp just twitching his muscles and I can feel it when he walks.
There isn't any twitching until we start to walk a 1/3 of a mile it feels like he is twitching his legs like there are flies on it but it is constant. If I stop him from walking he stops and just stands there. He has been sprayed with this waterproof fly spray and I don't see anything bothering him but he continues to twitch both legs non stop. If I go to a faster walk/trot he doesn't do this.
I have checked his feet, nothing sore, his legs, nothing sore or hot. His feet were really sensative on anything but dirt but that is getting better. Anyone else ever notice this?
I wondered if the saddle was not the right size and maybe that is making him uncomfortable but other than this I wondered what I could check next. No I don't want to call a vet just yet... just doing research first.
Prior to being out to pasture he was a rodeo horse as a cutter or something like that. He is a quarter horse, age 16 they think.