Any ideas what's going on with his hind?

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    05-18-2013, 04:02 PM
Any ideas what's going on with his hind?

My gaited icelandic gelding "scary" Ozzie is having some hind end issues. It feels like he's stepping into a sinkhole. Mainly happens when going downhill but does happen when on the flat sometimes. We only trail ride. He is shod all round. I have attached a link to show what he does. (it happens around 0:13) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

THanks everyone.
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    05-18-2013, 04:11 PM
I couldn't get the video to work.
    05-18-2013, 04:34 PM
    05-18-2013, 04:41 PM
Is the trail rocky? Looks like maybe a rock or somethin has poked him in the sole or frog maybe?
    05-18-2013, 04:42 PM
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Its hard for me to tell but it looks like he might have locking stifles, but also looks like it might be lower than the stifle area...
    05-18-2013, 04:49 PM
The trails are mainly crusher dust. It's really good footing. I was also thinking it may have something to do with his stifles.
    05-18-2013, 05:17 PM
Do you have a video that's not in slow motion? It don't really look like he's got a gimp- (stiff legged) he landed toe first and tripped- id also like to see a picture of his feet? Maybe too long even though he's shod? Not sayin my way is the only way- just in my opinion doesnt look like stifle problem in that video to me..
    05-18-2013, 05:44 PM
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Looking at it a few more times it doesn't really look stifle related to me either. I thought that might be it because he does the same 'snapping' thing that my mini mule did when her stifle locked up from time to time.
    05-18-2013, 06:30 PM
I can't tell nothing from that video, sorry.
    05-18-2013, 09:10 PM
This exact thing just recently went on with my gelding. I could never describe it properly but "stepping into a sinkhole" was exactly the feeling.
It turns out his back feet were still to long coming out of winter and transitioning to a new natural balance farrier. The vet said his hips were sore from the long toes and toe dragging. He was basically tripping over his hind feet. He is 22 and was a bit out of shape coming out of winter as well.
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