Glad you are enjoying your new horse, but there's something wrong with his back end. I would get him to a vet and have him assessed - lameness test or xrays or something, because he's not "right" back there.
I think it is his hind right.
I think you can turn this boy around beautifully if you took it slow. Go back to basics, OOOBER tons of long and low work - getting him to track up and move under himself, lifting his back, riding back to front and having him build that topline.
Riding inside leg into outside rein. Lots of hill work, and trot poles, raised trot poles.
But first - address that back end. I wouldn't be jumping him until you get that figured out first.
Love the pink - real men wear pink *wink* King and Nelson can start a new trend!
I find it sad that some people can't feel when the horse is not working correctly. This horse is definitely lame in the hind end ( right is my thought but there is something going on with both rear legs) and jumping would never be an option until the horse is sound.
Hmm, well I check all his joints over thoroughly before and after every ride because I am paranoid. I started jumping him some because it felt like he was progressing really quickly. He felt fine to ride yesterday, now that I look at the video I once and a while think I see something in his hips...maybe he's out of alignment?
I rode him again yesterday on a short trail ride, and I could defenantly tell the difference between "off" and "right" in the difference between him walking on a paved road (he has thin soles) and on a grass field. Once we got to the grass field he felt fine, in fact he was ready to explode into a full out gallop at any minute if I had let him. The MT comes out next monday and I will see if she can see anything in the back end.
Don't assume that because a horse is ready to "explode into a gallop" that they are sound.
This doesn't look "foot sore" to me (as a thin soled horse would be)... there's something really wrong with the way he's going. There's hitch to nearly every stride. You can see his head and neck struggling to catch his balance, and his hinds "hitch".
I'd definitely see about more than a MT or Chiro - have some x-rays/ultrasounds done just to be sure. It might be something as simple as getting an adjustment, but I wouldn't wait to get a vet out. If it's serious you won't help him by waiting.
Well I know for a fact that it wasn't a pain response. He was being pokey and totally relaxed until we got to the big open field, then his ears went up, head went up, and it was like he flipped a switched and was completely animated. I was too nervous to ask for anything except for a walk for fear that he would totally bolt, and kept having to ask for leg yields to keep his mind busy from jumping at every little thing that moved in the woods.
Anyway, sent the videos to my trainer and to the MT to look at. I plan to have the MT evaluate him in person next week since she is all ready coming out for other horses.