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post #11 of 57 Old 05-14-2012, 05:13 PM
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She's standing quite heavily on her forehand with her back legs stretched out behind her, front legs spread wide and back legs quite narrow. It also looks like she's dipping her back down more than just being a little butt-high (possibly due to the back legs being placed so far back?) Does she always stand like that?
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I agree, she looks "off" behind and I can't pinpoint why. Is she usually that reluctant to pick up and stay in the canter?
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It looks like her way of walking is "braiding". I think that's what it's called. Where the foot goes more in front of the other, as if the hrose is tight rope walking. Causes strange wear patterns on the outside of the hoof, and some additional stresses on the hocks but if it's the inherent way of going fo rthe horse, then trying to change it with forced shoeing may be worse. I did see that sort of "gaiting" like way of going. But, she doesn't seem in pain to me.
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She's standing quite heavily on her forehand with her back legs stretched out behind her, front legs spread wide and back legs quite narrow. It also looks like she's dipping her back down more than just being a little butt-high (possibly due to the back legs being placed so far back?) Does she always stand like that?
Can't say 'always', it is quite wierd....it's like she is very limber and jello-like in her hind end, but not weak. She is such a willing horse and will literally place her feet where ever you want her to....even cross them...but not to where she displays neurological symptoms. She has a very 'goofy' personality and is just der der der......
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I agree, she looks "off" behind and I can't pinpoint why. Is she usually that reluctant to pick up and stay in the canter?
It's not hard for her to pick up the canter....it was hard to while I was one-handed though....lol. However, she has not been in too lengthy of canters as of yet or under saddle because I just started her....she just turned three. One of my friends said it almost looks like she is gaited when she was trotting with me under saddle......nobody seems to know what it is. But, like I said, it's not like she is weak....she will do lateral flexion and yield her hindquarters on the ground and under saddle just fine.
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It looks like her way of walking is "braiding". I think that's what it's called. Where the foot goes more in front of the other, as if the hrose is tight rope walking. Causes strange wear patterns on the outside of the hoof, and some additional stresses on the hocks but if it's the inherent way of going fo rthe horse, then trying to change it with forced shoeing may be worse. I did see that sort of "gaiting" like way of going. But, she doesn't seem in pain to me.
She doesn't walk like when she is at the trot and not too sure with the canter as of yet....I just started riding her under saddle since she just turned three. There are no strange wear patterns on her hooves at all and it has been five weeks since her last trim. I'll discuss it with the farrier at her next trim on the 25th and see if he sees anything odd. She yields her hindquarter fine on the ground and under saddle, good tail tone, butt muscles are building. She definately doesn't seem to ever be in pain...she is a very happy acting horse. Guess it's a wait and see thing.....
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So, first....today when lunging Snicker's at the canter, I noticed that after a couple of laps around she will try and switch her hind legs or does a hop thing and she trips herself up. It is when she canters to the left. Any thoughts? Also, she just turned three....so I know there are varying opinions on this but....how long should I be lunging her at this age? I didn't want to do too many circles, but I need to work her as well.?
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it looks/feels like she's stabbing the ground with her back feet at the trot and then the canter she's hopping almost with the back end. like something it locked up and not allowing her to freely use her back/hips/stifles/hocks. i'd guess that's more of a stifle issue but it's so hard to say because the videos kind of made me queezy (sp). haha

edit: she also isn't reaching with her front end at all it seems. perhaps it's in her back? O_o

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it looks/feels like she's stabbing the ground with her back feet at the trot and then the canter she's hopping almost with the back end. like something it locked up and not allowing her to freely use her back/hips/stifles/hocks. i'd guess that's more of a stifle issue but it's so hard to say because the videos kind of made me queezy (sp). haha

edit: she also isn't reaching with her front end at all it seems. perhaps it's in her back? O_o
Thanks Crimsonsky....I agree. It's just really mysterious to me and everyone I have watching her every move now. I am just going to continue on with what I am doing and see how it turns out. It may just be her and bad backyard inbreeding...who knows. I am posting two more pictures and a video or two. We will go from here and hopefully update progress as it comes.:)





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Have you had someone come take a look at her?

She seems so... stiff and stuck in her entire hind up all the way up.
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