Ugh! My boy and I were going along well FINALLY, he was moving forward at the walk, trot and canter, responding to my aids, and all because he was knocked down rank-wise by the new gelding we've just put into the field.
But they're still fighting, and today I brought him out, walked him around, he was fine, picked up the trot, two steps, then he nearly fell on his face he was limping so badly, literally hobbling on his front left, I got off, checked him out, he wasn't in pain to touch (that he responded to, anyway), no wounds I could see, cheeked his feet, there's a bit of a 'crack' in his hoof- not far enough up to be anything but superficial, and the other foot was worse (after they've settled their disputes we need the farrier in ASAP), so I got back on, walked a bit more, no problems, picked up the trot and BAM! Big limp. What the heck? Walked him back to the barn, hopped off and threw him in the field, he 'speed walked' off the gravel run, started to trot out to the girls and stopped because he was limping again.
I don't know why, maybe he's stiff, maybe he got a kick to the leg, maybe he tore something, but I DON'T KNOW, I'm going to go out again tomorrow and hop on to see how he is, maybe lead him around a bit, watch him out in the field, but at what point do you call the vet? What should I be looking for? Aside from a bad trim we've never had any lameness issues, so I'm at a loss.