Well I thought I would post another situation that I have with my 10 year old gelding Max. Since I got great advice about hackamore, thought I might see what everyone thought. Everyone's advice might help pinpoint the problem. I had my horse shooed by this really young farrier last year sometime. He said he mostly did racehorses and... well I thought he would be okay for my horse this one time since I didn't have anyone at the time. Well he took care of him and the next day or so I rode him and he was completely off. He could not keep the correct lead in his hind end for anything. It was like his hind end kept falling out from underneath him. So I found a farrier that could help and he has been taking care of him but I cannot get him over this problem anymore. We can go several strides fine and then boom he like crossfires in the hind end. Could his back be out? Also within the last 3 weeks I have noticed him limping when he trots off. Couldn't really pinpoint it until yesterday when my farrier said it was his left front shoulder. Every time you picked up the right he totally leans on you so he doesn't have to put to all the pressure on the left. We can pull that left front leg out and bend it and it doesn't seem to bother him so....I don't know. He did have an accident on that knee like 1 year ago but he healed and he didn't seem to have any trouble after that. So I wonder if I need to have the Chiropractor out to look at him. We have a really good one out in this area. I'm kinda skeptical of them but.... Well I'm really needing him to feel good cause I'm trying to sale him. I came to terms that I cannot give him the attention he needs. This is a horse that needs a job and right now I cant give it to him. He is such a sweet and gentle horse but spoiled right now! I raised him so I am really partial to him and It has been a hard decision to make but I think it will be better for him if he can find the right person to really give him a job. Right now I just ride him here and there and it just isn't enough! :( He is such a sweet boy!! I just love him.