I have a problem.....I bought a 9 year old mare last spring, she is a Big and Broad TWH. We rode her all spring in rough terrain. Up and down hills with lots of rocks. SHE DID GREAT!! Here in the South (Georgia) we take the summer off and don't ride. So the horses were just in the pasture and we only fed them enough to keep them coming to the barn when we called. To say she is a easy keeper is a huge understatement! She got fat over the summer (the other horses didn't).
About 5 weeks ago we had the trail horses shod, her feet were not real good. They were short and chipped. The farrier had to trim her close and more upright than I would liked to have. But I understood he had to work with what was there.
ANYWAY... When we went on our first trailride I expected the horses to be out of shape so we took it easy with lots of breaks. She was about 100-150 lbs overweight so I worked her but gave her plenty of rest and breaks. On the level areas and the uphill trails she did fine, exactly like I would expect. But on the downhill she was horrible. She stumbled and on the second weekend we rode she fell to her knees and I came off. We were on a old loggin road that was going slightly downhill with some gravel on it. I started noticing that on all the downhill trails she was extremely tenderfooted. I thought perhaps it was because she was overweight, carrying me (a big girl myself) and had short hoofs with not much toe. That was 5 weeks ago and she has not gotten better, maybe worse. On the flat and uphill she is just fine. Going down hill she is extremely tender footed (I think just on the front) and she zig zags on the downhill. I kept thinking that as her foot grew it would get better but it has not.
My hubby has a buddy that thought she might be foundering(sp??) because of the weight and short toe, thought the shoe might causing it. He came by and he doesn't think that is it.... I am wondering if anyone has any good ideas. I have a call into my farrier and will talk with him, but I am now becoming concerned.