I've noticed a few weeks ago that Luca drags his hind feet in the paddock. He didn't do it when being ridden. But today, when I rode him, I noticed that his trot didn't feel as smooth as it normally does. I called my dad and he watched me and Luca trot and said that he drags his hind feet, causing him to take bigger strides. Now I'm all worried....he doesn't do it as bad when I walk him under saddle, but he still does it. He almost doesn't do it at all when he trots on the paddock by himself but I haven't really watched him trot randomly that much though...
But what can it be? Is he just lazy?? He's normally quite a lazy boy, takes a doze whenever he has time, even when I'm tacking him up. I sped up his trot when I was riding him, and it seemed a bit smoother and more normal.
We don't really have a vet right now, but we have the number of one that we've never "tried" before but my dad says we can only call him if there's a real emergency
No equine physio's close by
Any suggestions? Should I try trotting poles or some kind of stretches?
Thank you for your time,
~Dreamcatcher5 (and Luca)