Please tell me this is a fitness issue (forging)
My horse is one week off a solid 2 months of stall rest. He was sick for a month with strangles (it went through our barn) and the following month in quarantine until his test results showed negative.
I started with just hand walking and putting him on our Equi-ciser to keep him at a walk as I know he has lost a lot of fitness and I didn't want him to tear around in turn out and injure himself. I did turn him out after excercise and he was good. Day 5 I went to lunge him in a halter and leg wraps only, no other gear. He was very sensible (which is odd in itself because this horse is a normally a very high energy horse) I kept him in walk with a little trotting.... and he's forging and brushing with his hind legs at the trot.
I had his feet trimmed the first day he was allowed to be touched by anyone other than "strangles educated people" by the same farrier I've used for over a year. This horse has never forged or brushed. :( Should I be worried? Give him time? Would side reins help? I didn't want to start "working" him right away as I would have liked to let him enjoy turn out and some freedom for a while and obviously being in a stall for so long.... he's not fit.