Took my young horse in for a lameness exam last month and she was lame on the gravel going to the right, not lame at all on the grass, and lame on flexions on the front right the first time. We took x-rays and did flexions again and she wasn’t lame at all. No heat, swelling, or discernable pain anywhere. There is nothing on her rads so the vet suggested to turn her out for the winter and not bring her back into work until next spring. The vet didn’t seem very concerned and said it could have been a mild injury or also growing pains. That clinic doesn’t have an ultrasound but the Dr. didn’t feel strongly enough about it to suggest I take her elsewhere for an ultrasound.
She is currently almost 3.5 so I’m fine with taking her out of work and was going to give her the winter off anyway. But my question is: does hand walking her on trails count as work? I took her on a walk yesterday on a very short and easy trail (1.88 miles of mostly flat). I can’t imagine this will be detrimental to her, especially considered she already lives outside and moves a lot anyway, but I am wondering what the consensus is here?