Horse lame...can't figure out why
Ok, so I go out on Monday to ride Rocky and lo and behold he's lame on his right front. I checked for any injuries or swelling and there were none. His leg doesn't have a scratch on it. He moves fine at the walk, but is definitely lame at the trot. I stretched it out and walked him monday and tuesday and today I lunged him a bit to see whether he was better. His leg seems better but he's still favoring it. My question is: how do you think he went lame? He only gets ridden 3 days a week so its not an issue of overwork. I'm used to having horses go lame because of a seeable injury so that's why i'm asking for help. Do you think he just slipped in the pasture (he's out 24/7) and tweaked something?
Also, what else can I do to help speed recovery? I've been going out everyday to stretch out his forelegs and walking him for a while to stretch the muscles out. Other than that, i'm not sure what else to do.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!! And I can give more info if needed