Taking the wrong lead on the lunge-line?...
Yesterday I was lunging Lacey like always and she tripped pretty badly (she sat down on her butt, from a flying trot) going into the canter (on the lunge line she generally runs into the canter and yesterday was no exception) on her right hind leg so I had her slow down to a walk and start over. But then when I had her canter again she was on the wrong lead. I slowed her down again and asked for the canter again and she was on the wrong lead AGAIN! After three or so tries I finally got her to take the correct lead and then we cooled off. I have seen her take the wrong lead while being free-lunged, but never on the lunge-line. She takes the wrong lead under saddle all the time (her saddle doesn't fit as well as it should and I'm currently paying for a "new" saddle but I haven't paid it off yet) but free, the wrong lead just isn't something she does.
I'm starting a chiropractor fund for her since I'm sure she needs it but I'm wondering if this is definitely indicative of something being not right or if maybe she lightly pulled a muscle tripping and that she'll be ok in a few days... She was a little stiff today but I only worked her for about 15 minutes after pulling her out of her stall so I don't blame her.
I dunno what I'm trying to ask... I guess basically, should I be even more careful with that side of her? That leg that she tripped on has always been a little stiff when I pick it out...
Also, she's a little over due for her feet to be done. I mean, not overdue by much since her feet grow super slowly and we're only 8 weeks out from her last trim and my farrier barely has to take anything off at 8 weeks, so that could have something to do with it, I guess... They're getting done in two weeks, maybe I'll just have to take things way easier until then since that is something I've noticed about Lacey - she's VERY sensitive to slight changes in her hoof length...
I guess I'm just worried.... I'm going to go see her tomorrow and hang out with her for 2 hours so she'll definitely have a chance to get all warmed up and then I guess I'll see how she's really moving... I guess that's one plus of having a horse that easily tracks up at all gaits, I can tell when she's the littlest bit off by how she doesn't track up as well.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.