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post #1 of 21 Old 01-18-2014, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Can any one help??

I have two Tennessee walkers. Both are around 12 yrs old. I have a gelding and mare. My mare had been injured before we got her (we didn't know when we bought her) and it's take 2 years to fully heal, during those 2 years it's seems she has lost her gait and I'm fairly new to the horse world and I need some tricks to get her gait back! Any tips??????
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post #2 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 07:28 AM
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Lots of walking. Much of the "gait" is muscle memory, start her walking, and over the period of several weeks, or even months just ride her at a flat walk. She will have a natural tendency to want to speed up as she does, let her but don't push for speed. Just like when we receive an injury we need to have physical therapy, and re condition ourselves. Heck the last time I broke my leg it took me almost 6wks to gain back what I had lost in a short time of being down.

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post #3 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 08:15 AM
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Could also be muscle tears and those will affect gait.

Chiro might help, but will do nothing for the above.

What type of injury did she have?

She may also not be gaited, if you have never seen her gait.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips I can't wait to try them!! She had gotten a abscess that the people before us didn't treat so it got really infected. After we bought her we had to board her at the same place while our fence was being built and over time she couldn't hardly walk. When she would walk she would turn her foot up and put all her wait on her fetlock. So when we finally got her at our place we called a vet immediately and she had one a 30% chance of fully recovering. So the doc dug the infection out of the hoof (it was he only thing he could try) and I cleaned it out everyday for 6 months. It's taken a while for the hole to grow out. Our vet came out a little while ago and said it was a miracle she made a full recovery. And yes she is gaited, I rode her before her injury and she was as smooth as butter :)
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 01:48 PM
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Wow, sounds like a lot of time needed to heal. She's probably stiffened up from not being used, and like Jimmyp said, muscle memory is lost.

I agree walk walk walk, you can speed it up, but not to where she breaks stride. You should be able to get further and further as time goes on. You might want to think about getting a person with an experienced eye to help you achieve this.
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 05:11 PM
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You can take the long way, OR, with most running walk horses a little weight on the front feet will get them started. Either steel chains or wooden balls. The chains are faster. But with either, short rides(10 to 15 minutes max) with the chains or balls on. Walk, walk, walk, doesn't always work.

If you have a steep hill. Use the chains and go up the hill as slow as possible, but above a walk.

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post #7 of 21 Old 01-19-2014, 05:20 PM
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Bob, I am going to throttle you. How can you be so callous?

I am sorry but the horse took several months to heal and, even though the vet has declared her "healed", that doesn't mean she still doesn't have some issues.

Take your time with her. I would have a chiro evaluate her, now that the vet has given her a clean bill of health.

I agree with a lot of walking. I would start out walking her on the flat. If you have hills start her slowly on the hills.

Do you now have shoes on her? If she's barefoot, there is no question that I would put boots on her, for awhile anyway.

That's JMHO and what I would do. "speeding the process up, according to Bob is not what I would do. Don't worry about any altercations on your thread. Bbsmfg3 and I have agreed and disagreed, long before we both ended up on this forum. It just so happens I strongly disagree with his approach this time

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post #8 of 21 Old 01-20-2014, 01:15 PM
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"How can you be so callous?"

If the horse is ready to ride, then 15 minutes with some aids will not hurt, PERIOD.

If the horse is NOT ready to ride, then you should not be asking.

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post #9 of 21 Old 01-20-2014, 05:35 PM
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If you can, ride her with the other gaited horse, as a pair.

I've found, they tend to mimic each other so sometimes just riding with another gaited horse helps them remember they can gait to stay up with the other horse.

As far as chains, I don't think there would be any harm done by using chains for a short period of time...

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post #10 of 21 Old 01-20-2014, 07:06 PM
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15mins with a set of chains isn't going to fix this. Even if it does its not going to be any quicker than working the horse up from a walk. Without some reason for the chain to keep the horses attention the horse will get used to the chain just like you or I would get used to a wrist watch.

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