09-03-2009, 08:01 AM
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HOWEVER ... many years ago, a friend of mine had an appy that started to limp as he was going down his driveway on the way to the trails. He turned the horse around and took a different one. There didn't seem to be anything wrong while the horse was in the pasture. This happened 2 more times but on the 4th ride, he gave the appy some leg and kept him going. The limping stopped and never returned. I think they can think in those terms, at least some can.
The fact that it got worse at the end of the ride would indicate a problem not a manipulation. It's possible that the horse has a physical problem such as an abscess, a stone bruise, or simply turned his ankle in the pasture. Check for heat/swelling in his legs or shoulder. I could also be a tack problem and Ninja suggested.