stumbling, navicular, and other sundries..
Here's one of my concerns. My "new" horse has on a few occasions, (though not lately) half-tripped or partially stumbled while under saddle. Never while going on His own. He is a Tennessee Walker, 6Yo,limited exercise, and his feet were not taken care of for a few months. His toes were getting long, he had front (normal size) shoes, and his heels were a little low..to me, slightly off angles to say the least. My best thinking is that the lack of hoof-care, and the lack of rider-load exercise, were the main culprits, nothing on the medical front. I might add, I am not a Vet either..
Now, as of three days ago, the farrier had been out (I was not present), taken off the old shoes, trimmed back his front toe part of the hoof, and taken down the hoof wall to close to sole-flat. When I went over his feet, I noticed on the foot I thought was the main culprit with the stumbling, it was a little tender to my hoof pick, especially around the sides of the frog. There seems to be some new work done around this frog, some form of trimming back at the edges of the frog. Further inspection shows no infection, no swelling, walks and runs outside just fine on it, but is still sensitive to a good pick-out.
My question, is this just normal stuff related to previous poor foot-care, especially with him now going "naturally shoeless" that he will be a little sore over, and should fully recover, or is there any suspect to the dreaded "navicular syndromes"?
The only times he did "stumble", was when the long toe seemed to catch on poor paddock ground, and that is why I wasn't too concerned. Radio graphs are an expensive option, so I would like to believe it isn't yet needed
Any input? -Lw