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  • Head tossing in my tenneessee walker mare

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    02-26-2014, 10:14 AM

Please critique away…Like the horse but was told he might be off a tad in his right shoulder, maybe saddle issue or a glitch allowed by rider, don't know. Would definitely be vetted but a glitch probably wouldn't be found.

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    02-26-2014, 02:55 PM
Has he been on pads??
    02-26-2014, 03:18 PM
No, been trail ridden only I'm told, keg shod.
    02-26-2014, 08:24 PM
Green Broke
At the 1:08 mark is the only time they show him turning and I could see him toss is head a couple times in that turn. Could be nothing, could be a sign he's got an issue.
    02-27-2014, 07:40 AM
I saw that too...
    02-27-2014, 08:41 AM
The horse is intermittently NQR (Not Quite Right). I don't see anything clearly but I'm not lameness expert, either. The best way to get a clear picture would be a proper lameness evaluation by a qualified vet.

    02-27-2014, 06:36 PM
He walks like one who has come off pads and has a sore tendon. Give it a week to 10 days and if he still has that hesitance on the right then there is likely an issue. IMO
    02-27-2014, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
I can see the "hitch" in his right shoulder when he's in his intermediate gait.

I'm not sure the head toss is anything more than the rider having too tight a rein when he asked for the turn.

I would want to know the PPE vet says about the right shoulder or it could even be saddle fit that has caused soreness and maybe he needs a chiropractor.

Orrrr maybe the soreness is down in the hoof but there's a hitch in the right front coming from somewhere. Just because he sounds to be hittin' a lick solid on all fours, doesn't mean the hoof can't have something going on. Horses being prey animals are very stoic about hiding their hurts
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    02-28-2014, 09:29 AM
Your right he is not moving correctly. First think I'd check is saddle. That looks like(hard to tell for sure) a rigid tree saddle without adequate clearance for the withers and no flex in the front panels for his shoulders.
    02-28-2014, 10:44 AM
Can a horse have a glitch in their stride due to being out of shape?

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