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post #11 of 14 Old 10-21-2013, 06:59 PM
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My first guesst would be his feet, my gelding is trippy when his feet need to be done...much more so than my other horses. Part of this is because he tends to gawk and the combination makes him stumbly. If it isnt his feet chances are he is sore or out of balance.

Does he pay attention to where his feet are going when he is on the trails, or is he busy looking around? He might need to be reminded to pay attention.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-21-2013, 08:25 PM
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I agree with checking everything said . Someone did mention saddle fit.
I ask you what was the footing at the other place and what is the footing you're riding her on now? She may need shoes if she's sensitive.

I personally would get my farrier to trouble shoot, if unanswered, call the vet.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-21-2013, 09:15 PM
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If someone took you out into a big field in Texas, blindfolded you, and then asked to identify the animal making a noise that sounded like dozens of shod animals running most folks would say "horses"; but some would say "Zebras." ;)

When working on gait issues beware of becoming a "Zebra chaser."

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Not sure if you're referring to me . But apparently there are "zebras" out in that field and more than people want to admit. The vets in So. California told me they're seeing a rise in Wobbler's in TWH's (I talked to several when my horse was diagnosed, trying to decide what to do). Here's a site that even mentions TWH's as one of the breeds.

Wobbler Syndrome in Horses: An Overview | TheHorse.com

Just checked the link, doesn't work. Still leaving it for reference.

Low grade Wobbler's is hard to identify. Here's my SSH who had it.


Most people looking at him would not assume he had Wobblers. He improved with exercise and shoeing, but never learned to canter or gait properly and still stumbled/fell down.

I bring it up because so few people are aware, it should probably be on the list of things to consider if your TWH is stumbling and having other problems.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-22-2013, 12:36 AM
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My comments were not aimed at specific individuals, only at the tendency to sometimes see complexity where none is involved. Or a desire to see a quick resolution when such is not possible.

Most "tripping" will be solved by the simple stuff like correct trimming, shoeing, riding, tack usage, conditioning, etc. This does not rule-out more complex causes but means you do the simple stuff first and see if it works. If it doesn't then determine why.

Some of these simple things take some time to work. It takes time, for example, to grow out a foot. If the issue is a "long, low trim" then a correct trim requires some Tincture of Time to be effective. It might take two to four six to eight week cycles before the problem is resolved (particularly now when hoof growth slows). Usually you'll see some improvment (even though it might be minor) within a reasonable time (not more than a couple of weeks). But the human must be patient; that can be hard to do.

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