Lacey was visually diagnosed a few weeks ago as having torn/partially torn a suspensory in her left front.
However, the most uneducated part of me is beginning to question that, bah, blah, blah.
Basically, the thing is that post-diagnoses I discovered some pretty bad flares in her hoof that were in the exact areas below the leg's swelling so I trimmed them (what I felt like was) rather severely to get all pressure off those areas.
The next day, she was sounder, and by 3 days post-trim, she was 90-95% sound.
She's been staying sound (today was a little stiffer than usual but it unexpectedly warmed up quite a bit overnight -from 40*F to nearly 65*F- and she really does not do well with "heat") for about a week and in that time, I've noticed a really change in her movement while trotting...
Sometimes she's trots what I think of as "normal" - nearly tracking up, no excessive movement, some knee/hock action but not a lot, zero head/neck movement, etc - but most of the time she's been trotting with her head swinging from side to side, really throwing her front feet up and out, what I think of as "lots" of hock action (maybe not for a young dressage horse but for a 27 year old lady, LOTS of hock action), consistent tracking up/overtracking, and I've been noticing that she's been keeping her hooves really apart while doing this - usually she keeps her feet closer to her midline vs parallel with her sides, etc.
Anyway, really, I know that for a horse in general, all that^ second stuff is probably good BUT I wanted to double check that there's not some dark hidden secret about a sudden change to that way of going...
Like, she's trotting like that to get pressure off somewhere and she's not actually feeling better...you know?
Mood-wise, I would say she's feeling better and swelling-wise, feeling better there too...but worried mom here, gotta panic about the little things!