Wow - this is great. I am glad to have a few things to discuss more in-depth with the vet. Unfortunately, I don't have much of a history on this horse, other than the fact that she needed groceries and worming when I got her.
I haven't seen her at a canter with other horses around... she was in a herd situation when I bought her, but we are still very actively looking for a buddy for her right now.
She does this for at least a few laps each direction when being lunged. And when she's loose... she's way too mellow to play around and would much rather follow us and practice sorting (2 pet sheep that are her new buddies).
The suggestion about nerving of course gave me an awful feeling. I can't see anything obvious that would suggest she's had chronic issues or any kind of surgery. But I'm definitely NOT experiened with that and will leave it for the vet to determine.
The stumbling thing... honestly the ground is a bit bumpy, the moles are having a field day out there, and she really doesn't pick her feet up well. She does fine when we place poles for her to trot over - so obviously she knows to lift them for those. Maybe continued work with those, and some more meat on her bones will help.
Another thought was maybe slight cataracts? If she's not getting great depth perception, maybe she's clumsy because of that?
Good goll, we make quite a pair if so... me the deaf rider, she the blind horse
Somehow I think she actually knows to compensate for my hearing loss - so she's a great tribute to how intuitive these incredible beasts are.
Any more suggestions would be great... hoping to get her to the vet after Thanksgiving. thanks!