Originally Posted by Kymbadina
Every step from his hind comes within an inch of his front. I can only do so much for the guy but no I don't believe he was tuned out. He is now
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The huge reach is a signature part of a Walking Horse but not all of them are blessed with it.
I was always amazed that my shortest TWH who is only 14.3H didn't "make" as a Performance Walker and went to auction as a 2 yr old. Huge loss for the Walking Horse World, best day of my life:)
He has such an awesome natural reach that he can be 1500 feet up on the ridge and people want to know who that is.
He was born with that reach and believe me when he kicks into "turbo boost and his back end comes up underneath himself it is the most awesome feeling to experience. All he ever wore were rim shoes because he is a trail horse - he's the horse in my avatar. These days he is barefoot because he is coming 24 and has equine metabolic syndrome. He battles some hock/ankle arthritis but when he's feeling good, that reach is still a jaw dropper to watch out in the pasture.
Point-being, don't try to change that reach. What would help the horse to have his reach natural instead of animated, would be to get those shoes off him. But that won't happen without the owner's approval.
And if it does happen, don't let the farrier or trimmer take those heels down in one fell swoop because the tendons will need time to adjust or you'll have a sore horse.
I hope they're not turning him out, except for in a small paddock or roundpen and with supervision for very short periods because he could get hurt with those contraptions on his wiggies.