Hello to anyone who wants to attempt to read this,
My horse recently started doing an odd movement that she has never done in the past three years that I've owned her. Whenever I'm trotting her on the left lead she acts like she is getting ready to transition into the canter (it's like she's really picking up her front left leg and then hopping. Does that even make any sense??). She only does this on the left lead and not the right. I realize that the problem could possibly be me but like I said I have ridden her for the past 3 years and she has never done this.
Now, this movement started 3 weeks ago during a lesson and my instructor said it was just her being bad and not listening to me. I then left on vacation for two weeks and came back and noticed that she is still doing it. I asked the woman who was taking care of her if she noticed any thing and she responded that she didn't (she also confessed that she rode my horse only once but that's a different issue ). I have asked several different people to watch me ride and they say she is not lame. They as well think it is behavioral issues.
About a week before I discovered this new "issue" my farrier and I decided to try out some new shoes on her (she has the beginning stages of navicular (sp?)) to see how she responded.
I guess my question is could the shoes really be affecting her that much to cause her to "hop" when she is trotting? Also, her shoe fell off today on the foot that I think is causing the problem. Could the problem just be from a loose shoe bothering her?
I know I sound terrible but I really don't believe it is bad behavior on her part. Like I've said, I've had her for 3 years and she's never displayed this kind of movement before. Maybe I'm being over protective of her but I know this is not her normal behavior.
Thanks for any opinions!