I am hoping for advice on a situation with my OTTB. We are working with a dressage coach and learning to do a better bringing his hind end under him and reach. While I was practicing asking for an extended trot on Sunday, he overreached and his back left grabbed his left front shoe. He nearly fell…I mean really almost a full face-plant, but he managed to use his right front to push himself up. We walked a little and he seemed fine. Then I asked him to trot and he felt very “off” going to the right.
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.