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    11-30-2010, 04:18 PM
Question Help: Crossing Hind legs in the trot

I have had my gelding since he was born, he is now 6. At the walk his legs go straight for the most part, his hooves are positioned more inward this is how he has always been and my vet doesn't ever bring it up. How ever when he trots his back hooves cris-cross. Rem is very active and loves hauling butt around the pasture and sliding and has never had any issues, or injurys. However a lady pointed it out and said if I ever starting working him he would hurt himself (although he already does a lot).
My vet just said to put splint boots on his back legs when working.
Can/should this be fixed?
Does anyone have experience with this?
Sorry no pictures.
I don't have a problem with the 'looks' I am not a competitor but I don't want him to hurt himself.
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    11-30-2010, 05:09 PM
Just going from your description, I am imagining a horse that stands similar to the horse pictured in D

And he has a gait that is similar to this

It isn't that uncommon of a fault though it is far from ideal. It causes more wear on the joints and they can suffer injuries from banging themselves with the hind foot in motion. So long as you use protection to keep that from happening (like your vet said, use boots), then the biggest concern to me will be arthritis.
    11-30-2010, 05:10 PM
I found this pic where you can see what I mean by his back legs, they don't cross at the walk and I don't think they cross at the canter.
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    11-30-2010, 05:12 PM
Yea I would say his legs are a little less dramatic version of horse D
    11-30-2010, 05:14 PM
Yep, just as I thought. Very similar to my old guy Flash (the sorrel), though your boy's is more severe.

The best you can do is keep his legs protected with boots and keep his feet well taken care of to minimize the wear on his joints.
    11-30-2010, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
Plaiting at the back can be caused by many things.

Lack of muscle strength

As you say he has conformation issuesthis is likely why he is doing it.

However you say he is not yet in work. It may get slightly better as he strengthens up and muscles up.

However I would stick boots on him just incase.
    11-30-2010, 05:19 PM
What exercies would be good for this, as he crosses at the trot, should he be trotted more? He was just trained this summer and has had a month off due to weather, I'll be jumping on this weekend.
    11-30-2010, 06:18 PM
Green Broke
Anything that makes him work over his back properly, into a correct contact and teaches him to balance himself.

My 3yrold has been lunged and long reined and he has muscled up immensely. His hocks used to go in all directions but now he is perfectly straight. They only went akimbo because he was young,immature with no muscle strength or tone.
    12-01-2010, 12:54 AM
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Thyme:Regarding excerssizes, back him up hills.

Smrobs, a question for you, and others who would like:

I ride a horse that looks much like Smrobs example. He Plaits, right? And you can really see his backfeet "swivel" on the ground when he weights each and steps forward. Instead of it breaking over straight, he kind of rolls it to the inside, and you can see his hock and hip roll over a lot. You can imagine how that wears down the shoe. The thing is, Joker trips a lot. He will be walking along and suddenly it's as if one of his rear legs just sort of rolls out from under him and he will slump to one side for a second and then recover and walk on. I have learned to just move along with this sudden slump/swing to the side (usually the right) but it means I don't feel really confident of him on trails. He has also tripped in the front and gone down on his knees serveral times with me on him. Of course, he does much better when I pick him up and make him walk out and pick up and carry his own head/neck. But even then he trips a lot . AND he forges, too, sometimes back clipping front, sometimes hind shoes clipping each other (throws sparks!)

SMROBS, what do you think?

Hope you don't mind if a briefly borrow this thread?
    12-01-2010, 01:08 AM
If I understand your description correctly, then yes, that's exactly what Flash used to do as far as the swiveling of the leg and the off-side breakover. As for your boy, I can't say for certain what might be the cause. I'm sure his conformation doesn't help but also the farrier work and the horse's own temperament play a part. We never had a problem with Flash being clumsy or feeling off balance. Maybe your boy has toes that are a touch too long or maybe he's just lazy. It would be impossible for me to speculate without watching how he moves (both loose and under saddle) in person.

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