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?