There seem to be some inconsistencies here. According to the article linked in post 10, the blood was on BOTH sides, "at the height of the spur" - which to me means at the place where your spur is when leg in the regular position. Cant tell from pictures what's in the area where spur rubs normally are. But on the second picture it does look like the hair is different in that area.
The rider refers to the spot clearly visible on one side of the horse near the back corner of the pad. But obviously the steward saw more than we do.
And agreed - this is not a pretty picture nor a happy horse.
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
Thanks for the video - that explains it! I imagine there is also blood in the spur area as his legs are always nagging, nagging, nagging. The poor horse is run off his feet. I'll gladly take the horse - the only time I can get my leg that far back is when I dismount.