Fawkes had a farrier appointment today and it wasn't fun for anyone. It appears that his stifle issue is getting worse? Or he had a bad day today? Because that stifle was totally stuck. Which makes shoeing your already irritable horse a big challenge. The less said about that two hours of hell, the better.
Vet is scheduled for next week, not sure if I should ride him in the interim or rest him. It is very concerning to me that this problem seems to be getting worse. His workload hasn't changed, nor has his fitness decreased, I don't think. The farrier commented it is possible his last shoe cycle might have somehow caused it and after the vet takes a look, we can explore different foot care options.
This kind of sucks because from what he said, the best and easiest farrier test is to pull the back shoes. Apparently barefoot in back horses have fewer stifle issues. Which would be fine except we only have back shoes because he was wearing his hoof down too quickly. So would I have to ride him less? Of course there is no point in borrowing trouble but over thinking and analyzing these things is what horse people do best, right?