Could a very over-at-the-knee, 16 year-old gelding manage a one-day trek? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

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post #11 of 17 Old 11-04-2013, 03:36 AM
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His pasterns worry me, especially on the last picture. But I agree if he is sound and happy he will be fine. I would not push him or ride him daily or hard. For the trail ride I would make sure the terrain is smooth and level. I would err on the side of caution though, your sister knows her horse and you said she was worried. Is there a place to turn around if need be? I would suggest some walking shoes for your sister just in case. Personally if it were my horse I would pass, better safe than sorry. Could you talk to your vet about it?
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-04-2013, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, there will be a place to turn back, but maybe if my sis took walking shoes with her and Syd seems unstable in the middle of the trek, she could lead him for a bit and get back on again if/when he had some time walking without her on his back?

Syd gets ridden about once a week, just on the flat and over groundpoles (no jumping, though) and he does great, he really enjoys it. With treks, he's fine as long as my gelding is walking near him. When he's led, he can walk for ages without problems, it's just when he's ridden that his pasterns bend so much. He doesn't seem uncomfortable, though.

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Yes, there will be a place to turn back, but maybe if my sis took walking shoes with her and Syd seems unstable in the middle of the trek, she could lead him for a bit and get back on again if/when he had some time walking without her on his back?

Syd gets ridden about once a week, just on the flat and over groundpoles (no jumping, though) and he does great, he really enjoys it. With treks, he's fine as long as my gelding is walking near him. When he's led, he can walk for ages without problems, it's just when he's ridden that his pasterns bend so much. He doesn't seem uncomfortable, though.

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Yes, but to me if she is needing to get off she shouldn't be riding him. It might work if necessary but to me that would be pushing him.

I'm glad he enjoys it and I'm sure it'll e good for him to get out. My concern is you don't want to be hours out and realize it's too much or realize after. If there is a noticeable difference with how he moves when being ridden I would be concerned. As I mentioned before (don't know if you noticed or not) I would ask your vet for advice, and to maybe check out those pasterns.

Let us know what you decide and have fun either way! He looks happy and loved.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-05-2013, 01:52 AM
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I think conformation faults show possible weaknesses where damage is more likely to occur - they don't guarantee it. Horses with a variety of conformation faults can go through their life without ever having problems with it, many do, so it really depends on the horse. I'd judge how the horse has coped with other long rides.

A concern I would have is that he's only ridden once a week, he's not really going to be fit for long rides. It's important that a horse is fit for his purpose, more so if he already has conformation weaknesses.
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Thanks again for the replies, I'll try to answer everything as best as I can and give enough information.

1. About getting off during the trek:
I have no idea if she would need to get off, I was just saying just in case. So far, Syd has never begun to tire or walk strangely during a ride.

2. Is there a noticable change when he's being ridden?
Apart from his pasterns bending a bit more, no. On gravel he does walk quite carefully but on grass he walks like any other horse, with a spring in his step, carrying his head normally. He has a fast walk, but he's like that in the pasture, too, so I think that's just how he is (all horses walk at different speeds after all)

3. About asking the vet:
I have asked him about Syd's legs last time he got his shots and teeth done, and he said that as long as he's not doing any jumping other than cross poles, he would be fine. We should just keep doing regular riding exercises with him to keep those legs supple.

4. About the amount of riding he's doing:
Yes, my sis is going to gradually build up the amount of riding, so that Syd will be ready. We'll go for rides around the farm to up his fitness and stamina.

I don't know if I've mentioned this, but Syd is getting a lightweight treeless saddle that he's going to wear during the trek. I've found that he seems to go much better without a saddle rather than with one. His saddle is also quite heavy and uncomfortable to ride in, that's why we're getting the lighweight one.

Again, Syd loves being ridden and willingly gallops across the paddock with my sister on his back, bareback. We're not forcing him to do anything he seems uncomfortable with, and my sis doesn't force him to gallop up any hills, he WANTS to do it! Anyway, I hope I cleared everything up information wise, opinions are welcome.
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-14-2013, 03:22 AM
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I wonder if he may be heel sore. I can't imagine him being that over at the knee because he was born that way. My horse was "over at the knee", got a better farrier, fixed his heel soreness, and now it's gone.

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