I dismounted immediately and discovered he had pulled his left front shoe which was a little bent on the corner. Someone helped me pull the loose nail out. He walked normally back to his paddock and I called the farrier. No riding for 2 days until the farrier came, which was yesterday.
Farrier fixed the shoe and said other than a tiny bruise where its bent, all feet looked fine. No heat, swelling in any leg or foot. He’s standing square and walking perfectly normal. So, after being shod, I got on him last night. To the left, he felt perfect in the trot. When we went to the right, he was head-bobbing lame. I dismounted and called the farrier. He really doesn’t think its his foot, because his LEFT shoe was grabbed, and he is fine going left. The farrier believes that when he almost fell, he likely strained his shoulder catching his fall. His second theory is a check ligament on the right leg, again due to the fall.
Farrier recommends several days off and try him again. If lameness the same, he’s going to come back and pull his shoes and rule that out.
Do you think I should just assume his overreaching accident did this and give him some time off? I know that from now on I need to use bell boots, too.