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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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My Belgium trips a lot..anyone else??

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Well after 5 weeks with my new girl Sarah everything is going great. I ride her at least 3-5 times a week and we started going to the local trails in my community.

I am concerned about one issue, she tends to stumble quite often on relatively good surfaces. Does anyone else notice this with their draft? Is this an inherent trait?

She did have shoes on her fronts but I had them removed a couple of weeks ago. She didn't need them and I was thinking that may have been the problem. No difference in her walk. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-12-2010, 10:13 PM
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I ride a Percheron who does that. Drafts tend to be lazy and lean on their front ends. Sit back, bring her head into the right position, and keep her weight on her hind. It also gets better the fitter she gets and the more you practice keeping her from leaning forwards.

But, on the side of precaution, make sure nothing is physically wrong to make her do this. Probably isn't, but it never hurts to be sure.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 09:46 AM
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I do agree drafts are lazy and tend to not pick up their feet. Both my geldings stumbled a lot when we first got them. We did some cavaletti halter work but I didn't see much improvement. Our problem was the hoof trim....or lack there of. The previous owner liked the big "platter" type feet and shaped them accordingly. Yuck. Our farrier really gave them a good trim and is now working on bringing them back to a natural shape with good heel angle & correct breakover. The stumbling got better with one good trim. (Can't wait to get rid of the rest of those flares.)

Just a thought but you might check the trim.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 10:01 AM
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It's Belgian, not Belgium. Belgium is where they were originally from, not the breed.

Just thought you should know that.......
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 11:56 AM
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Both Brighteyes and BigGreyHorse make very good points. You have to work a little harder to keep a draft or cross to hold form and move off their back end, they like to plod sometimes, particularly the heavier ones like Belgians. But many, many people trim drafts very incorrectly as well - if she is long in the quarters and her feet look like dinner plates, get a new farrier as well! Their feet should look like regular hooves, only bigger. Flat soles, severe flaring, and cracking is common in drafts through mismanagement - if she has any of that, her feet are trimmed incorrectly.

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 11:51 PM
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I tried to go shoeless but w/ our rocky ground here in CA, I ended up shoeing his fronts. He used to stumble a lot which I partly contributed to growing so fast, being so big but mostly he does it when his toes get long. My farrier rolls his toes some and that really helps as well as me collecting him, especially when we trot.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-19-2010, 03:57 PM
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As everyone else posted, unless there are obvious soundness issues which you would see while riding; you're very likely just dealing with a lazy horse
Get a crop and make sure you get her going and get her to put a little more energy into your rides.

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-21-2010, 09:38 AM
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I agree, if she's coming through properly from behind, then it shouldn't can usually tell if it is just laziness because it will be worse in downward transitions, my shire used to trip every time he sucked back until he got used to working properly!
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-05-2010, 09:48 PM
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You didn't mention how old she is. My gelding didn't (well still has his days) get better till about 5 1/2. Drafts are still growing till around 7, so they have to figure out what to do with their bodys.
If she's older I would lean towards the shoe issue, if she's been in shoes for a long time her feet are going to be tender(just like a person that wears shoes all the time)and feel funny to her. Your also new to her so she has alot to get figured out all at once. Her feet don't feel the same, her feet are lighter without the shoes, and someone new is riding her, her surroundings are still new, and the drafts are a little on the lazy side. But give her a couple of months to settle in and learn you and her new feet.
Also with the big guys its better to have their feet done more often every 4-5 weeks. The reason is a 1/4 inch on their hoofs have so much more weight than a light horse that they will split more.
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