Hello, I usually am not one to demand attenion but I really need opinions.
I have a 13 year old QH gelding in moderate work and has been in moderate work for the past six years (was started as a 7 year old) , no long breaks at all. First three years of ownership no lamesness, 4th year, very minor one or two day stints usually after farrier visits. Early summer of fourth year he was cornered by step mothers gelding and got nailed in the RIGHT shoulder and was off for two weeks. Then he had an abcess during a very rainy summer, got it dealt with and healed within 3 weeks. Following spring he had another abcess, took about 3 weeks to heal.
March 22 (almost 2 weeks ago) his rythim was off the day after a hard ride (lots of circles, counter canters, changes) Gave him the next day off(23rd) Lunged him on the 24th he was fine. Rode him and had a nice quiet ride on the 25th. 27th he was off again, so I got my coach to look at him. He had a decent head bob at the trot on his right front. She suspected it was in the shoulder due to the lack of reach, so she did some massage of the largest shoulder muscle and stretched his leg forwards and backwards a few times then trotted him out and he did not come out as off. We also noticed how crooked his right front shoe was on, which could explain something some stress on the shoulder and out tendons. He also swung his right leg very oddly like he was trying swing it?
I called my farrier who arrived today (the 1st) asessed him on the lunge line and then found some sensitivity on the back of his right short pastern and not on his left. I told him the vet was coming out tomorrow so he took the shoes off even though he said his shoes were very balanced, which I believed were NOT. Just to eliminate a variable and I can get xrays if needed. I could not for the life of me get him to flinch like my farrier did, so I have no idea if that's correct either.
Anyways we talked over some possible ailments, ringbone, fracture, navicular, which at the sound broke my heart but turns out there is lots of treatments.
My horse is toed in naturally but is not possesing any characteristics of navicular that I have read about.
Anyways just need opinions on what questions to ask and what I should look for when the vets examitnating. He's also getting his teeth and vacinations done, is it safe to get all this done at one time? Or should I schedule another day?