Dawn came up off yesterday when I rode her - sound at the walk but noticeably off at the trot - I got off and lunged her a few steps to see what was up - it was the right front/left hind pair. I put her on cross ties and checked her carefully all over with my hands - she reacted strongly - ear pinning - to my touching her left stifle. The muscles looked a bit cramped there, so I massaged some with my hand and she seemed to appreciate it. I gave her 1 gram of bute, which she didn't appreciate.
This morning her stifle looked relaxed, but I put her on cross ties again and rechecked her legs with my hands from top to bottom, and picked her hooves carefully again. There was heat in the back outside area of her right front hoof, and in the pastern area, but no obvious swelling or tenderness. So who knows what's going on? When I turned her out, she trotted off (not sound) to the pasture as if nothing were the matter. Dawn, for all her propensity to have accidents, has almost never showed any sign of unsoundness - no lameness, no hoof abscesses, no nothing - so this is a bit concerning. She'll be getting two days off while I go visit horse #3, and I don't think it's anything all that serious, but I'll be able to tell more when I get back. She was a racehorse (but had absolutely clean x-rays at age 4 when we got her in 2001) and has jumped and done a lot of hard work with my daughter on hard surfaced trails, and she's been working hard with me - or she could have clipped herself or twisted something in the pasture - who knows?
I'm off this afternoon to make my trip - it's about a 5 1/2 hour drive - to see horse #3. I'll see him Friday morning after a good night's rest. The thing I'm wrestling a bit with right now - I'm ashamed to admit this - is that he isn't flashy. But then, look what buying flashy got me last time - a very beautiful but consistently unsound Maisie. Some of the best things come in plainer packages (particularly plainer packages with good conformation, soundness and sane minds.) Don't wish me luck, wish me good judgment! Stay tuned for more on horse #3 when I get back . . .