The mare is off.
She's been off since Tuesday.
I was sort of hoping that things would magically resolve themselves if I just closed my eyes really tight, but so far that strategy hasn't worked. (dammit)
Here's the rundown of recent events and mystery lameness:
Saturday we had a great ride (post pending) and I trimmed Prairie's front toes right after. I did take off more medial toe than I normally do but that means I swiped my rasp 18 times instead of 10. Still not a radical trim (I don't think).
Regardless, Prair got Sunday off and I had a *great* dressage school on Monday. Nothing weird or tense or injury inducing that I can recall. There was one weird step when we were walking the property, but she didn't scoot, or scurry, or even really trip. I just felt one weird step.
Tuesday when I pulled the mare out- all looked well, but as soon as I started trotting I could feel a hitch in her step.I hopped off and rechecked her legs (since nothing screamed OUCH when I was grooming/tacking up).
No swelling. No heat. No sensitivity.
Hopped back on and did some figure eights...
Definitely her left front and more pronounced tracking right, but still not head bobbling lame (small blessings).
I (obviously) gave up on a lesson and hopped off to job her out on the hard gravel where her unevenness was a bit more obvious.
Lacking any other inspiration, I cold hosed both fronts, shoved some bite down her face and called it a day.technically she spat some bute in my face, but ultimately I won that battle.
Yesterday I didn't want to jinx things so I didn't put my breeches on when I went to the barn. I lunged the mare briefly each direction and she looked sound. But then I jogged her on the gravel again and I thought I saw the slight favoring of her left fore.(stomach sink)
Curious how the less obvious lameness would feel compared to the day before I tacked up to see what I felt under saddle. Normally I wouldn't ride a horse that I suspected of being off, but she's still so new to me I felt like I could get a better sense if things were better/worse if I could feel the motion rather than just looking at it. Her big trot makes it that much easier to feel something not quite right...
Turns out she was still off.
Still very off in fact. But still nothing obviously sensitive, bleeding or swollen.
I'm terrified that I did something with the trim, but if I took too much hoof off I would have expected Prairie to be sore on Monday... Which she wasn't... (Unless I screwed up her angles so much I strained a tendon???)
My vet is on this side of the world tomorrow so we'll have some diagnostics then, but it looks like we're missing our big hunter show (sad). Not brutally important - but I was really looking forward to all the fun trips we had planned for September. That's horses for you.
I've started mentally preparing for the worst. But still really (really) hoping for something stupid like a stone bruise.
Here's a quick video of my (brief) ride yesterday to feel her out... Always good to have a baseline, right?
Also, went out this morning - and again, she looked sound on the lunge inside, but ouchy on the gravel outside.