We are finally getting to the bottom of our lameness issues! He has been much better but we have only done bareback walks and a little jogging in the arena. Our farrier was out today and found an abscess and dug it out! It didnt take much as it was close but he found it and nasty black liquid was coming out. Yummy. Sadly that means he is stall bound until it gets better so it doesnt get infected. I am going to go out both morning and night to soak it and also get him out in the arena so he can still get out of his stall. The nice part about it is I can cross tie him, put his hoof int he bucket, and go do whatever I need to do and he will just stand there for 20 minutes without moving. SO helpful! Hopefully this will all be behind us come the new year. He has been out of real work all of December and its driving me crazy. Now not only are we further behind in our work towards 2nd level this spring but also his conditioning. At this point I am just thankful it ended up being an abscess but I am so ready to get back to our lessons! Our first 2014 show is going to come up fast!