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    02-16-2011, 01:58 AM
Back Leg Issues

Had the farrier out to have feet done about a week or so ago. Deanna told me all 3 horses needed feet done, which is no issue. Bo and Queen did great. Kita on the other hand did not do so good. She did pretty good on the front feet. Stood still and quiet. When it came to the back feet she started shaking and wouldn't pick her feet up at all. I do not know if there is an issue with her back legs, but we will have a vet out next week to take care of other issues that have not been taken care of in the last 10 months. When we have the vet out I am going to have her hips/back checked out. I am not sure, but I think she is pretty posty legged in her back legs, and her hips look off to me. What do you guys think? Is there something I should have her checked for in particular? I am attaching a picture of her, this is the best side conformation shot I have of her. What do you guys think?

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    02-16-2011, 02:28 AM
Hi Armydogs.

I can see what you mean about her being post legged. She definitely has a very upright hind leg. She has very little muscleing along her back or abdomin or gaskin or gluteal (top of rump). Her hip and sacro lumbar joint are not in a line with each other and there is a distinct bump where the Sacrolumbar (or is that LUmbosacral?) joint is. YOu can see it a few inches Behind the points of her hips. The close the two line up the better, and the way there is a minor "ski slope" going forward from that sacro joint point (toward the very flat back) means that the sacrum may be rotated a bit forward . This may be a conformational fault or it may be that her pelvis is out of alignment. Either way, it makes it hard for her to step under herself because she cannot tuck her pelvis under her (imagine the way the horse humps their back when the poo).
She has very liittle muscling along her loin and abdomin and these muscles ate the ones that the horse uses to tuck that pelvis, (same as we use our core abs to tuck our pelvis under and stand more engaged).

If things are really bad, she may need a look/see by a chiro. When you get home from Korea, you will have a job to do getting her in shape. You will be her personal trainer getting her to whip those abs in shape.

(ps I have more new drawings on my thread and more to come soon)

    02-16-2011, 02:38 AM
Hey Tiny, thanks for getting back to me about this. You are right about the lack of muscling. She was ridden like 3 times at the old boarding place, and hasnt been rode since she has moved to Texas. Thanks for pointing out the issues to me. I can see there is an issue, but I didn't know for sure what it was.

You are right, I am going to be her personal trainer when I get back to the states. I am hoping I have myself in shape first. I will have been over 2 years since I have been on a horse.

Going to look at your thread now. Can't wait to see what you have posted.

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