Well... He threw a shoe.
Then... Some months later threw the other one.
About two weeks ago, he got a hoof trim but not quite as much was taken off as should have been because my instructor did his hooves and didn't want to take too much off and risk him being lame.
Well, now he is limping.
I didn't see him limping prior before taking him out, he seemed fine tacking, hop on, and we walk. Nothing there. Start trotting and something seemed off, not sure what. But he went ridiculously slow. He naturally goes slow but this was like a notch above a walk slow.
He tosses his head which is also another bad habit, so I turn him and make him turn sharply. He got a little hot from it and thought it was time to be a pain in my you know what and be an onry twat, which, is also habit of him. By now I see he is limping, and I thought he was just stiff and I should take it easy. So we go along at a very slow canter, and... He crow hops. Post crow hop, he keeps tripping and now the limp is slightly more noticable. This becomes concerning.
Break to a walk and he tries tossing his head and trotting off on his own accord, but trips again.
Basically the limp got worse and I hopped off, bugger tried trotting off on me as I led him which he got schooled for. Checked his shoulder, no swelling, no super hot spots. But a warm spot right in that angle where his neck and shoulder meet, right along there.
I checked his back, rechecked his shoulder no tenderness. Gave some liniment, stretched his leg and walked him out. He got some aspirin in his feed, too, if he is in pain.
I am going to inform my instructor when I see him tonight for practice and arrange to see if he can recheck him for me and help deduce if a vet is necessary. For now, Shooter will be on rest.
Did the shoe cause him to favor, and once he was level, bring him pain? Part of the reason I kept him going wass that if he -was- just stiff, the work could loosen it up. But the crow hop and the unnaturally slow gaits made me think otherwise. He goes faster, and he wanted to, but was resigned to be slow.
His owners aren't super horsey, so is there anything I can relay to them? My instructor is also their grandson, so he will probably instruct them on how much aspirin to use, how long, and what else to do.
I'm kind of kicking myself, but hopefully it isn't anything worse.