I saddled Speedy and walked him to the arena. He dawdled behind me which isn't too uncommon, but he was really non-compliant as I tried to position him next to the mounting block. From the first step I knew something wasn't right. I hopped off and led him on a straight line. Yep. Lame, lame, lame. I untacked him and jogged him out on the gravel driveway. Definitely lame at both the walk and trot.
Speedy is never lame. I am hoping it has to do with the recent farrier work. He was sound the weekend before getting new shoes, so I am hoping a nail "quicked" him or he developed an abscess. Not like those are good things, but I can't think of anything else it might be. There is no wound, filling, heat, sensitivity, or anything else to suggest an injury, and given that I noticed the soreness immediately after shoeing, that seems the most logical place to start. I've left a message for my farrier.
I left a second message for him ... sheesh. (Farrier has since called back and hopes to be out on Wednesday.)