Almost 2 weeks ago I took Amber for a short trail ride without her boots on (she's barefoot) and she got what I assumed was a stone bruise (head bobbing slightly in the trot and a short, choppy stride). I gave her some time off and went to ride her again yesterday because she had no visible lameness when I trotted her off in hand. When I started trotting her (riding) she was still bobbing her head and just as lame as she was on day one. So I get off and leave a message for the farrier. I decided I was going to pinpoint exactly what was going on so I trotted her off in hand and she had no visable lameness. So I hop on bareback and she is 100% sound walk, trot, and canter. Strange. So today I hop on again and she was slightly lame in the trot and canter at first (no head bobbing, just a shorter stride), but worked out of it within 10 minutes and was again completely sound. I have also noticed that the last couple days she has been resting her back left foot quite a bit. I can see nothing wrong with the foot but it is clearly bothiring her. The strange thing is the stone bruise (if that's what it was) was in her front right foot. So now I am officially confused. If it was a bruise or an abcess she would get better with work, right? Hopefully the farrier will call me back soon, but until then any ideas?
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