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post #11 of 12 Old 03-09-2012, 02:54 AM
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Over-reaching occurs when the toe of the hind foot extends forward and strikes the heel, coronary band, fetlock or flexor tendon of the forefoot on the same side. Usually the repeeated 'striking in'will leave cause injury such as bruising or open cuts or sores on the back ofthe leg. It's indication that the horse is moving out of balance, either in the foot specifically or in the entire body. If the medial/lateral (inside/outside) balance of the hoof is off or that from heel to toe, the footfalls and breakover will be altered. When the hind leg is longer than the fore or the stride is extended behind, the back foot may hit the front. This also may occur with "downhill" horses, which are those that are taller at the hip than at the withers. Laziness, tiredness and inexperience may also result in over-reaching. A conscientious farrier wiil evaluate the horse's movement prior and post trimming and termine the most likely cause of the problem and help you understand root cause and find a solution if possible.

Though from what's said it sounds like trimming cycle has been left too long.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-09-2012, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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He was trimmed the first time about 4 weeks ago. I'm going to email my farrier and see if she thinks that he may be due for some tweaking, but on average horses are trimmed every 6-8 weeks aren't they?

He's a long yearling so I wouldn't be surprised if he's got a bit of a growth spurt going on and is a bit croup high at the moment, which may be contributing.

Here is a conformation type shot of him that I took a little over a week ago. You can see that he's just a smidge croup high, but nothing terrible.

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