My horse, Jessie, has started limping last week. We gave him a week without riding and still today he was off. We started my lesson by lounging him. He was ok on the left, but on the right and only at the trot he was limping. Same last week too. His canting looked good, but not graceful. He never is anyway.
There is no heat or swelling in his legs of hooves. Since it's only in one direction I don't think it would be his hooves or legs anyway. I'm thinking shoulder maybe?? I believe it's his front right. But he limped more when going up hill and was fine down hill. (the ring I lounge him in is not even, but also limped on flat ground.) That makes my instructor think maybe it's his back end?
Five years ago when training for racing he bowed a tendon in his front leg. So he was never raced and instead given to me. I hope it's not bothering him now.
And it has been raining a LOT so maybe he slipped when horsing around with his buddies. Any thoughts?