I have talked to my farrier about this when I asked about getting shoes on my horse or not. he mentioned that unless I would be doing alot of riding on gravel, she'd be fine. I told him, that around my house it is all mainly roads that I can ride on and he said she would be fine.
So yesterday I rode her to my old boarding barn(to say hello and for a trail ride) which is about a 25min ride at a trot(most of the time) We get to the barn and her hooves are a little chipped. Not bad, but a chip here and there. The farrier at that barn said it was nothing to worry about and he fixed her up after.
The next day(I left her at the barn overnight. Didn't like the idea of riding back at night...) she seemed to be favoring her hind left. I rubbed my hand down it, squeezing just a little with no reaction. She just stood there quietly and ate. I did the same thing again, but watched her ears and face this time. Once again no reaction. There was also no abnormal heat in the leg(and yes I checked the other three to be sure lol)
I rode her around a bit and she seemed to loosen up and "favored" the leg less and less. After she was trotting fine I proceeded to ride her back to my house. This time at a walk the whole way and she didnt "favor" it again the whole way back.
So my question for you guys is this. What is your opinions on riding un-shod horses on paved roads? After that one ride I'm kind of put off by the idea now... but everyone around me keeps telling me she should be fine. Also the whole favoring her leg.. can a horse just get stiff muscles like that and appear to favor it?
Thank you guys for reading. And just because it seems everyone on HGS loves their pictures, here is one of Jane, my mare in this paragraph.