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        03-05-2013, 01:10 PM
    I don't see limping, but I see her not tracking up sometimes. Horses do that when collecting depending on the circumstance, it isn't an ultimate determining factor of soreness or the like, but if the horse does not track up at all at various tempos and collect/extend requests, then that is an indicator of lameness. You can tell if the hock is a problem if after some lunging sessions she moves one hind leg directly under herself almost in front of the other hind leg and twists her toe inward on landing. A flexible and relaxed horse should be able to undertrack, overtrack, and track up at walk and trot on request. You can cheat and look at the hoof prints from one lap around a freshly set arena if you have trouble figuring it out on video; you shoud see what looks like a clean pair of two hoof prints/the hoof prints of the rear legs stepping into those of the front legs or slightly over the front prints.
    Lol, when I first had my mare brought to my farm, I didn't have any tack, I went out and put together my own bridle and rode bareback for about a month. She went from a 4, calm, on the temperment scale to a 9, crazy, due to the sudden move and I really didn't trust either of us to handle a gait more than walk o_o So I didn't learn much more than to slouch during that time >w< She's such a boogery thing, she's sensitive to the aids yet sometimes needs a strong one as she will always take advantage of me if I'm not willing to back up a request.

    I know what you mean by being suspicious of lameness... I believe horses can learn how to sham, and Velvet has mastered the art of the slug walk when I take her past green grass toward the stubby-grassed jumping ring...
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