Hats are the best toys
That did not fix it. In fact things got worse. I started panicking about him being sore from the trail rides and his hind being all wonky again. Then I got sick and didn't ride for a few days. I tried to tell myself that it would be fine. And once I got better he would be back to normal.
Last week I was still dragging, because my lungs think breathing is optional, but I managed to get a couple rides in. They were not great. He didn't want to walk, I was struggling getting him over his back and things generally sucked. I decided to pop him on the lunge line to see if I could see anything. I could not. He walked trotted and cantered just fine on the lunge. If I stared hard enough I thought I could maybe sort of see something occasionally, but nothing with any regularity or frequency.
I decided to keep trying to settle him and wait for my lesson to see if new trainer could see anything. Then Stinker being Stinker decided to do I don't know what but he had scrapes on the inside of his left hind and a bump on his right front. I really wanted to sit down and cry at this point because I felt like shit and I really didn't want to deal with an injury. But he was still bouncing around (literally) so I decided that it clearly wasn't hurting him. There was no heat or swelling in his legs so I decided to keep on as planned.
I continued to spend more time on the lunge with him because at least there he would relax and work over his back vs me getting frustrated with him. I would hop on him for short periods and walk him until he would start tensing up then I would get a good stretch and stop. I was not feeling very confident for my lesson, but I decided that I clearly needed some help.