So I brought Cowboy in out of the field today, as I do every night. I noticed pretty quickly he was favoring his right front leg. Not really dramatically at all, just enough to notice. I also noticed that by the time we had gotten across the field, it had gotten better. I got him and the other ponies into the barn. I put him on cross-ties to check it out.
I picked out his feet. Nothing. No rocks, just mud. Shoes in tact, haven't moved. Felt his legs slowly and thouroughly, looking for heat and swelling. Also nothing. No flinching or anything.
I walked him around again. He was doing pretty fine then. Just a tiny limp, you could barely see it. If it was the first time I saw him move I might not have noticed.
I'm a little scared, but not really. Here's what I think -
Cowboy is 4, right? He doesn't have a whole lot of muscle, and we rode pretty hard this weekend. Sat. And Sun. Sat. We worked on jumps, Sun. Our canter. I think he is sore. Since after he kinda moved and chilled he was fine. Is this legitimate? What should I do? They stay in the barn at night and go out during the day. Should I leave him in tomorow morning? He doesn't have buddy problems, and won't paw or freak if I turn out the others. Just weave if he gets bored :p Not the hard weaving, just kinda side to side with his head.
What do I do??