We were originally advised by the vet during a pre-purchase exam, to keep the 2 front shoes on lena due to an old injury that could be affected if they were removed. But, when the farrier looked at it, he thought it was best to take the shoes off. Ever since then, she seems to trip more, and she is stubborn.
The other day, after she got worked out (shes not used to it, and was really tired).. I untacked her, and attempted to lead her down the road to go for a little walk. But, she stopped in a spot on the pavement, and wouldnt move at all. I pulled on her for like 3mins, and she refused. Then, she lifted her left back leg a little in the air and rested it. It looked like it was hurting or something... Then, I turned her around and started walking, she kept tripping.. out of no where, there was no bumps or rocks on the road. I tied her up and looked at her feet, but I don't really know what to look for, and they seemed fine.
I was told that when the horses ankle is hot/warm, that indicates something is wrong? They all were warm, so I think it might have been from all the stress from the lesson.
After that, when I tried to lead her away from the crossties, she wouldnt budge... at all. I pulled on her for over 5 mins and she wouldnt move.
I think it might be her stubbornness, but I am not sure if something else is wrong.
Now, she doesnt do that anymore, but she does take effort to get moving sometimes.
But the weird thing is.. that when I am riding her.. walk/trot/canter, she doesnt trip or anything (i ride in an arena with sawdust in it).
When I lead her out of the arena, on cement/rocks, she trips and looks awkward when walking.
The next time the farrier is out, I am going to ask him to put shoes on, as I think she might be sensitive on the pavement/rocky surfaces.
What do you think? Also, if you think stubborness is part of the issue, how do I get her to stop being so stubborn when I handle her on the ground?