Originally Posted by SoldOnGaited
Hi, I just found this post and had to reply...have you found out anything else? I have a 16 year old Missouri Fox Trotter (who looks very similar to yours I almost fell out of my seat lol) who also has been having some hind quarter issues for a few years as I understand it. We only just bought her about 3 weeks ago. We've had a chiropractor come out who gave her an adjustment and that seemed to help for a bit. She has good days where you don't see it at all and then days where she looks so stiff. Very similar to some of your shots. We're still at a loss as to what it truly is to "fix" it, but have noticed that she often "works it out". Still would love to know what the cause is.
Thanks SoldOnGaited! Very interesting. We will have to compare notes through this journey. I am at a loss really. But in the same sense...it doesn't seem detrimental. She was cantering and galloping full speed in our arena the other day with another horse and she was powerful and just fine. No 'noodle legs'. Yesterday she was just meandering around at a trot/canter and I saw it a bit.....not bad though. She just seemed to be in 'lazy' mode. Her hind end to me seems very flexible. Her personality is also quite goofy and der der der......so maybe it is just her always being loose because she is soooooo relaxed. You can do anything with her....even cross her front and hind legs like she is on a balance beam and she will hold them there.....that was why I first expected 'wobblers' or something. But she passes all of the other tests. It doesn't seem that she doesn't know where her legs are, but more like she is just saying 'Ok, I will go along with this game and do what you want'. I'm riding her on short rides...she just turned three.....and I am 180lbs....and she does just fine. She never resists or falls. She yields her hindquarters very nicely and doesn't hesitate. She is just a happy little horse. She is a spotted draft cross so the vet had originally said that she is still growing into her hind legs and learning how to use them. Nobody at my boarding facility can put their finger on what is going on either. I will definitely keep this thread updated.