I'm really looking more for educated geusses rather then short "call the vet" responses on this one.
Riley had an abscess about a month ago, maybe a little bit more and it took quite some time to blow so he's been ouchie here and there since. I pulled his shoes for the winter and to let his hoofs heal some as he had thrown his shoes all through the summer and really ripped the walls up. His feet actually look really good right now.
Today when I was riding (and one day last weekend) he felt the slightest bit off on the right front. That is the one that had the abscess as well. His stride seems a little shortened too at the trot on that side. No heat, no swelling and if I were to geuss, I'd say he feels off up high in the shoulder. No headbob no visible limp. It's more of a feel then a see. He is stiff on that side a bit as well but that's normal.
So... Next month I'm going to have a lump removed from his lower left (It's scar tissue but I'm having it removed anyway to be safe). I was thinking I can play a wait and see game since it's such a minute offness and at this point I am only riding on weekends (since there is no day light).
I was THINKING it may be a sore sole becuase he only seems off on the bend at the far end of the ring but then he does feel stiff always in that one direction....
Any thoughts? I'll try to get a video but no promises...
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