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  • Young horse problems in hind feet going downhill
  • A horse drags back hooves in the paddock but not when ridden

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    04-14-2013, 05:41 PM
  #11
Showing
A phonecall is free. Describe the situation to your vet over the phone to get some advice.

That's what I would do other than get them out there asap.
     
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    04-14-2013, 05:43 PM
  #12
Started
No. Call the vet, like Sky said- describe the situation and get their advice. I, personally, would just let the horse hang out. Watch how he moves in the paddock, but don't make him work. Especially good, respectful horses who will do what you ask even if they're uncomfortable.
Talk to the vet, get your horse checked out.
     
    04-14-2013, 05:46 PM
  #13
Weanling
I'll watch him on the paddock when I get home and if he drags his feet then, I'll convince my dad to let me call the vet.
     
    04-15-2013, 04:48 PM
  #14
Weanling
Well....when I got home I watched him walk over to me and he wasn't really dragging his feet, he was walking normally...sort of. Just every two or three steps the very tip of his back hooves would lightly skim the ground. Is that normal? I might be freaking out too much to remember what's normal or not.
And when we started driving to school (I'm 13 btw ) Luca trotted along the fence. I watched him closely but the fence was kinda in the way. But I did see his hooves. He trotted normally enough, every 5 or so steps one of the tips of his hind feet would minimally skim the ground but it was never the same one. So.....normal or not???

It's also raining and storming right now so at least I won't be tempted to ride him
     
    04-15-2013, 04:59 PM
  #15
Started
If its very slight he could just move that way. Are his toes worn round on his back feet? If that was the case I would be concerned.
     
    04-15-2013, 05:07 PM
  #16
Weanling
All his feet are completely fine. Phew.....
I'll still be wary, though.
     
    04-15-2013, 11:55 PM
  #17
Trained
I'd be looking for a good veterinary chiro or other bodyworker. IMO it's definitely physical. Horses don't do this out of 'laziness' or 'boredom'. No, don't lunge him or work him, unless it's in front of the vet/chiro to show them what's going on.
     
    04-15-2013, 11:56 PM
  #18
Showing
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
all his feet are completely fine. Phew.....
I'll still be wary, though.
So that tells you it's a new thing. Because the feet aren't worn.

You still need the vet out IMOP.
     
    04-16-2013, 03:23 AM
  #19
Trained
My neighbor's horse drags her back feet and her hooves are kind of rounded off in the front. But she has no health problems and her hooves are not long, she's just very lazy. :)
     
    04-16-2013, 03:32 AM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by WesternRider88    
My neighbor's horse drags her back feet and her hooves are kind of rounded off in the front. But she has no health problems and her hooves are not long, she's just very lazy. :)
I would imagine there is a hock, stifle or other hind end problem.
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