Could hip out of alignment be the culprit for toe dragging?
Obviously Amber's toes have been an issue for a while. Now she is dangerously close to the soft tissue, thanks to my barn owner mysteriously not being able to get any farrier out to see her and fix her up. Amazingly, she could get the farrier out in just a week for another boarder's new horse. Why did mine take FOUR WEEKS after she was due? Every time I was about to pick up the phone and call some of the numbers I had, she had "made an appointment". Lesson learned, though.
Amber is getting hind shoes with modified toe clips asap. I am moving her to a new barn on Tuesday. I liked the trim that the farrier who my BO finally got out did, and he seems pretty good, but if I cannot get ahold of him better than she has been able to, I will use the farrier who generally does the new barn. Getting the shoes on soon as possible is my priority (well, obviously, a quality job is as well).
So obviously, Amber is a terrible hind toe dragger. The left hind more so than the right hind.
Everyone has been harping "she's just lazy". Well, after much thought, I am starting to believe that is not the case. Not once since I started riding her and not once since I bought her have I gotten the impression she is "lazy". She does not have a good grasp on self carriage yet, but that is not what I consider to be lazy. She's very forward, very willing, and wants to learn. But more and more that hind end not coming under her and dragging I am seeing a "can't" rather than a "don't want to". The farrier said her hips were out of alignment. If this is true, that could be a big physical block for those hind legs to get under her.
Now, for those more experience in issues like this (this is something I have never dealt with), is this a serious and likely possibility, or what could I be looking at here? Or is it simply the fact she doesn't know how to carry herself?
Again, I'm holding to the fact that she's NOT lazy, and that's NOT the issue, because in riding her she is more than willing to be forward and work, but it's like her hind end just can't get there.
Either way, I am calling an equine chiropractor out to take a look, but peace of mind that I'm not crazy in thinking this would be nice.
Last edited by DressageIsToDance; 02-27-2011 at 02:13 PM.