07-27-2008, 12:39 PM
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Usually, if you really think there is a sore muscle or strained tendon in there, I would let them just have turnout for a few days and not do any forced work (riding/longing) Turnout will help them work out the sorness but not overdo it. Stalling a horse can make them restless, esp if they aren't used to it and they tend to mill around in there and tiny circles aren't good for them, either. Not to mention if they DO stand still, the whole body gets stiff.
It's possible though to have a bruise in the hoof, even if it was soft ground, sometimes there's that ONE rock or piece of wire you just didn't see that could have hit just right or even a small puncture. Just keep that in mind if the stumbling doesn't go away. It most likely is just a muscle pull or other soft tissue injury but don't discount anything just yet.
Lots of turnout or even handwalking would be good and have some fun bonding with your horse for a couple of days.