Red is still lame on his right hind at the trot on the lunge. No worse, maybe a little bit better. There's no heat, no swelling, no tenderness that I'm able to detect. The lameness came on a day or so after he was apparently kicked with a glancing blow on the front of his cannon bone on June 24 - just a nick, although there was some swelling of the extensor tendon along the front of his leg. The swelling resolved pretty quickly with some icing, and his soundness improved as well although he's not been 100% since.
I have no idea what's up with him, so I guess it's time to call the vet . . . again. The problem could be anywhere in his hind leg, and he doesn't seem to be improving much. He's completely sound at the walk under saddle - in fact his walk is big and swinging - and he motors around pretty happily out in the pasture. It's a mystery - just hoping it isn't an expensive one, considering all the vet bills I've already had this year . . . And he's not a horse who can tolerate much if any stall rest or penning up - and of course that's how Pie, his companion for his recovery from splint bone surgery, developed ulcers . . .
He's happy and otherwise healthy, so I'm trying not be discouraged . . . I love riding this horse, and he's amazing to ride - the most athletically gifted and sensitive horse I've ever ridden - but it seems that we get to do very little riding.
As one of my friends at the barn says, with horses if it's not one thing it's another. The corollary of that is that with horses, it's always something . . .