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post #1 of 7 Old 07-09-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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3yr old horse is dragging her back feet?

My 3yr old paint is dragging herback feet to the point were they are squared. I would like to know possible reasons why she is doing this. I round her hooves out about every 2 weeks myself but it doesnt seem to make a difference. The farrier will be coming out this week but i refuse to get shoes put on unless it is ab****ely necessary. i think She is both slightly sickle hocked and slightly cow hocked and id also like you oppinion on that as well. I know this puts more pressure on her joints i just want another persons oppinion. I have tried trotting ground poles but it hasnt helped any. Sorry bout the pics.

could it be:
bone spavin
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-09-2012, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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when she was younger her hocks looked like they would click into place everytime she walked but they no longer do this and she never seemed in pain.
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I don't want you to take this the wrong way and I mean no offense, but the conformation on her entire back end is just...bad. Her croup is exceptionally steep and her hindquarters are really weak, which may account for part of the reason she's dragging her toes.

Other than that, the only suggestion I have is that she might just be lazy. I have 1 horse and my brother has 1 horse that do the same thing, walk and drag their hind feet to the point that they square the toes off. Neither of them has had any lameness issues ever so I wouldn't be concerned about the dragging if it was just that...but with her conformation being what it is, I would suggest you keep her up to date with the chiro and/or vet just to nip any potential issues in the bud. Because she's so straight through her hind end, she's going to have a lot of stress on her hips, hocks, and back as she gets older and is expected to start carrying a rider.

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In that 2nd picture....
Is her butt always that uneven?

We had one draft at our barn, and his one leg was shorter than the other. His butt looked like that

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-10-2012, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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no its not it was just that one pic. as for her legs they normally dont even look that straight
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Her back toes look like they could be a bit long, tho it's hard to tell with just those pics. She looks very 'post legged' & apparently this conformation is more prone to 'locking patella', which esp as you mention the clicking joints, could well be the reason she's dragging. I'd get a good bodyworker come look her over. They should be able to give you some exercises & tips to strengthen that patella ligament to treat that problem, & it's possible, if it's injury related as to her hind end confo, that they *may* be able to improve her situation. As you're probably doing little if any on her back(& I'd advise not), regular in hand exercise may be required.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-10-2012, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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you are right i dont ride her as of yet shes a lil on the short side and id rather her body mature and be strong so she wont break down easily as she ages
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