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    04-14-2013, 03:59 AM
Horse dragging hind feet...please help :(

I've noticed a few weeks ago that Luca drags his hind feet in the paddock. He didn't do it when being ridden. But today, when I rode him, I noticed that his trot didn't feel as smooth as it normally does. I called my dad and he watched me and Luca trot and said that he drags his hind feet, causing him to take bigger strides. Now I'm all worried....he doesn't do it as bad when I walk him under saddle, but he still does it. He almost doesn't do it at all when he trots on the paddock by himself but I haven't really watched him trot randomly that much though...

But what can it be? Is he just lazy?? He's normally quite a lazy boy, takes a doze whenever he has time, even when I'm tacking him up. I sped up his trot when I was riding him, and it seemed a bit smoother and more normal.

I'm confused!!! We don't really have a vet right now, but we have the number of one that we've never "tried" before but my dad says we can only call him if there's a real emergency No equine physio's close by Agh....
Any suggestions? Should I try trotting poles or some kind of stretches?

Thank you for your time,
~Dreamcatcher5 (and Luca)
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    04-14-2013, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
My Arab suffered an injured vertebra more than 20 years ago and has seen chiropractors ever since.

Whenever he starts dragging his back toes, I know I need to call the chiropractor.

Unless you are seeing other issues that together, might mean he has some sort of neurological problem, dragging his back toes most likely means he's in discomfort somewhere in his skeletal system and needs some help
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    04-14-2013, 12:39 PM
Status of the feet?
    04-14-2013, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
Horse could have pinched nerve, broken hip, neck problems? Or some sort of disease.

Main thing is, until you find out what is going on? Stay off of him and let him rest, especially if you have no intention of getting vet out.

Depending on what is wrong? He could go down and severely injure himself to point of PTS is only option, or fall on you and you will be viewing life as a quad.
    04-14-2013, 04:50 PM
Horses do need to see a vet from time to time aside from it being an emergency. I am sorry your dad does not understand this. Your horse needs an evaluation from a vet.
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    04-14-2013, 05:08 PM
Watch him in the pature, if he trots w/o dragging his feet, he could have back or joint problem, causing weight bearing to bring out the toe dragging issue.
I had used to have a lazy horse, dragged his toes, stumbled would even limp on the way out when riding, but when turned back towards home, that limp was gone , and he was high steppin it back to the corral..
    04-14-2013, 06:28 PM
About the state of the feet: Luca's hooves are all in great condition.
We do see a vet once a year for shots and teeth, and in fact, the vet is supposed to come over any week now, so I'd better urge my dad on to call him ASAP.

One reason to why he might be dragging his back feet is that he's bored, because I mostly ride in the same paddock. I'm taking him to a different one today and I'll see if he drags them there. If he does....VET TIME, and no riding till he gets diagnosed.
I'm freaking out...he's my first horse and my everything...he's come so far...we both have.
    04-14-2013, 06:32 PM
It could be something medical, but it COULD be because he's being lazy, doesn't want to work. I have an old lesson pony that would rather drag her feet and stumble along lazily if she doesn't have a competent rider on her back willing to push her forward.
But I strongly encourage you to get the vet out BEFORE riding her again. Horses are good at hiding pain and seeming just a little 'off' even if something big is wrong.
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    04-14-2013, 06:37 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
One reason to why he might be dragging his back feet is that he's bored, because I mostly ride in the same paddock. I'm taking him to a different one today and I'll see if he drags them there. If he does....VET TIME, and no riding till he gets diagnosed.
I'm freaking out...he's my first horse and my everything...he's come so far...we both have.

Dragging feet affects the wear on their feet. A horse is most happy when in balance as they are least likely to trip. I doubt that this is boredom. I think you need the vet out.
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    04-14-2013, 06:39 PM
Should I try to lunge him for a tiny bit to see whether he drags his feet then or not. He loves lunging and is always very active and alert. I'm so worried....

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