Bought my gelding in Nov of 2012. He had shoes. I pulled shoes shortly after I got him because I figured he would be totally fine barefoot. Wrong.
He was without shoes all winter up until this April. I didn't ride all winter so didn't notice any difference. He's completely sound at a walk without shoes but dead lame at a trot. So had shoes put back on in April and it is 97% better.
Alittle back track- I had X-rays taken in January of his fronts and the left front has a 1-2 degree of rotation and the right has a teensy tiny bit of arthritis. Vet found nothing else.
So now its been 2 months he's been wearing shoes again. I felt awful because I was not told he needed them and he was pretty sore for a few weeks until he got use to shoes again.
Anyway, I was riding him every single day until he got thrush. (He has a reoccurring thrush issue) which had made him lame on his right front. Normally he is lame (or what I think) on his left front. This horse always bobs his head alot no matter if he's walking or trotting he bobs his head so it makes it very hard for me to tell is he lame? Or is that just the way he walks.
Before the thrush he would slightly bob his head more when his left foot hit the ground. He trots with his neck up in the air at first then he gets into a decent headset and the lame look goes away. Every once in awhile it'll look like he's taking a lame step then it stops. His saddle was checked already, X-rays revealed nothing other then what I stated.
My trainer came out and rode him and said he's completely sound and that's just the way he moves but it just looks so weird to me.
Now that we are getting over the thrush I decided to lunge him to see if he's still lame. Now, he's limping on the right front. (Normally it was left) and then it stops! At first I thought he was just still lame from thrush but he womed right out of it and was totally sound at a canter.
I don't get it. Does anyone have insight?
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