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I was told by many that gaited horses should not be lunged....
No horse should just be lunged for just lunging without just reason.
You ride the horse, you exercise the horse and it sounds he exercises himself by "he gallops all over the pasture, and is fine in a straight line, and mostly fine clock-wise."
Your horse is lame, not a bit, not a lot...he is lame. Period.
You need a vet who knows gaited horses and lameness issues.
Yes, xrays need done cause you can't see what is going on inside the body nor where it is...
You might even need some ultrasounds to find if there is a tear someplace...in a tendon, ligament or muscle.
Your horse is a prime age for many things to be occurring and none of them are seen......
Till you get a vet out stop testing by lunging, stop riding and just let the horse alone.

My gut says the way you describe this you may be looking at navicular issues...the sooner diagnosed the faster relief can happen for the horse and a slow down of the progression this syndrome has known to do... He has soreness someplace, hence the need for the vet to isolate where and how to help stop the issue from progressing or to correct it.
Get your vet and stop avoiding the real answers...its important. No one can tell you from a description written on a forum page...call the vet.
What near everyone has said is get the vet...it's going to cost...or you can watch the horse suffer as it progresses and can't enjoy your horse...
You hold the magic card of how do we find this...keep guessing or find the reason. Please call your vet and spend $ now cause if you don't you may be spending $$$$ more in future.
You need real answers, facts not guesses...call the vet.
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Your horses stance say he hurts and more than just a little...
Its time to go find a vet and get the animal some diagnostics...

Has he only gone lame since his shoes were put on by this farrier?
There is a chance he is hot nailed, to close to a nerve happened.... it happens.
If it is that then he needs to have the offending nail removed and care to stop a infection in the hoof from ongoing.
But you must know and that means pictures taken after a exam takes place...
Finn is a prime age for many things to be going on, guessing is not getting you answers and Finn needs answers so he can feel better.
Get a vet appointment and either they come to you or you go to them...
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Navicular pain is not breed specific in who it afflicts...
All horses are susceptible to developing it. It affects the front legs mainly, with few documented cases of hind leg issue.

A article of facts not myth is linked below...
A good read and I would suggest you do some extra research online so you better understand when you get the horse diagnostics what some of the information you may hear means...
Use reliable resources for factual information written of and on the subject. Forget the blogs of horror stories...read facts from leading vets, schools, research institutions to not get scare tactics but truth and what is known today about this...
Many are terrified of what navicular means.... what it means is your horse has sore feet.
The secret is to find why sore feet happened, if it is reversible and how to achieve that, and worse case is how to manage it so you have your riding partner for many a year yet.

I find it interesting he went lame after a new farrier started to work with him, but prior to that he was sound.
Now you've switched to a different farrier again...and no better nor answers
Coincidence or :unsure:
It is absolutely past time for that vet visit at your barn or you haul to them, but you need some answers and your horse some relief.
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