I have a 12yr old gelding that has had lameness issues in the front end for the past 2 years (collateral ligament strain and navicular). He is currently sound and back to showing training level/1st level dressage.
With that being said, after shoeing he is very awkward in his hind end. On pavement only and at the walk only he pulls his back right leg backwards immediately before striking the ground. So basically, he swings his back right forward in a normal walk step, and then pulls it back about 6 inches before bearing weight. This horse does not like to be shod and tends to hold his back legs up very high and tight with a lot of tension.
In the ring or the driveway he is sound at the walk/trot and has no problems under saddle.
Has anyone seen this behavior? I am not terribly concerned because the horse is very sound and moves happily forward while under saddle. The vet thinks it has something to do with compensating for soreness in the front end for the past two years. Any thoughts?