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  • Horse with 18'' overstep
  • Why does my horse pace going down hills

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    10-13-2012, 07:43 PM
  #11
Foal
I think a lot of the gaited breeds nick the back of their front hooves. It has something to do with they way they move the back end up under them, especially if it is a 4 beat gait. My uncle had a racking mare that was a Cadillac to ride, but she did "clack" as she moved. I use to look at her prints in the sand and the back feet over stepped the front ones landing about 1/4 over the front ones.
     
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    10-13-2012, 07:44 PM
  #12
Weanling
Clacking or forging happens when ahorse falls onto its forehand and is moving too fast. The toe of the hind foot hits the toe of the front foot as the front foot is leaving the ground.

The first thing to do is to slow the horse down and then work on getting the horse off its forehand.
     
    10-13-2012, 07:49 PM
  #13
Weanling
How would one do this?

As mentioned its usually when going down hill. And many times going uphill. I generally let her go her pace going downhill, and this is when walking, not running walk etc.
But slow her down going uphill?

Please be specific and descriptive, I've only ridden a walker for 75 miles now.
     
    10-13-2012, 07:50 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Norma M Sutton    
I think a lot of the gaited breeds nick the back of their front hooves. It has something to do with they way they move the back end up under them, especially if it is a 4 beat gait. My uncle had a racking mare that was a Cadillac to ride, but she did "clack" as she moved. I use to look at her prints in the sand and the back feet over stepped the front ones landing about 1/4 over the front ones.

Mrs sutton my mare definitely has an overstep. Most walkers do or should I believe.
     
    10-13-2012, 08:15 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Dead Rabbit    
mrs sutton my mare definitely has an overstep. Most walkers do or should I believe.
All horses overstep in walk by quite some distance.

Usually youo hear the clacking sound in trot. Transitions between paces and within the pace help to rebalance the horse and encourage a lighter forehand
     
    10-13-2012, 08:16 PM
  #16
Foal
I think that is correct. His mare was a racking mare. Not sure of the breed, just knew that she racked. One of my brothers owns gaited horses he finds my preference for "square tires" mind blowing lol. However with my tailbone injury the gaited breeds are miserable for me to ride . . . Still enjoy WATCHING them though

Mrs sutton my mare definitely has an overstep. Most walkers do or should I believe.[/QUOTE]
     
    10-13-2012, 09:17 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Dead Rabbit, it is normal for TWH's to have a footfall pattern so that their hind reaches out beyond their forefeet; however, they should swing out so that they don't hit them. This is not something that you train them to do; they just do it.

One of my arab mares used to click her hind into her fore constantly. She did it worse at the walk than at the trot. It annoyed me more than it did her. My farrier changed the angle of her back hooves. He shortened them up and made the angle a bit more steep. (When I bought her, she had a weird shoe job.) He also sets the back shoes so that she has about a millimeter of toe that goes beyond the front of the shoe so that if it does hit, it doesn't give me that annoying click.

I would talk to my farrier about it and if he is good, he should be able to help. It may take several shoeings.
     
    10-13-2012, 09:32 PM
  #18
Weanling
Thanks for the info people. My mare has about an 18" overstep. So no doubt they are coming in contact when going down hill and at times climbing a steeper grade.
Im picturing all this in my mind and why its happening.

So my next question is, if she is not swinging out to avoid hitting her feet, is this a fault in breeding? Or a conformation fault?

Her front feet are not long and do not need trimming at least by looks. In fact they need to be a little longer.
     
    10-13-2012, 09:34 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Norma M Sutton    
I think that is correct. His mare was a racking mare. Not sure of the breed, just knew that she racked. One of my brothers owns gaited horses he finds my preference for "square tires" mind blowing lol. However with my tailbone injury the gaited breeds are miserable for me to ride . . . Still enjoy WATCHING them though

Mrs sutton my mare definitely has an overstep. Most walkers do or should I believe.
[/QUOTE]


I woulda thought the gaited breeds would be better for an injury like this.

I know a fella that refuses to ride a walking horse cause the back and forth motion hurts his back. So he rides a quarter horse.............imagine that???
     
    10-13-2012, 09:37 PM
  #20
Green Broke
You could post a bunch of pictures from the side, front, back, and a video in motion. Other than that, I have no idea how to answer your question. If the angle in the front is off, it can mess up her entire gait. Most people don't like a really steep angle in the front on gaited horses. 45 degrees is average. I am talking about normal people that don't put giant stacks on their horses. I have no help for them.
     

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