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post #21 of 41 Old 04-16-2013, 04:36 AM
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Yeah, vet or chiro or some sort of therapist I would think. Mitchell does that now and again, though he trips(very rarely) but that is only in the paddocks that the cows have been in, so they are quite pitted and uneven. Even so, when he does start doing that, it's chiro time for him, that's how I know. (That and he bucks if it's really bad and I haven't noticed)

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post #22 of 41 Old 04-16-2013, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm...the woman who has the vet's number is gonna come over in the weekend and we'll make a vet appointment then. I watched Luca trot in the paddock again and he seemed pretty normal, just like any other horse. Also, when he was walking, he wouldn't really drag his feet. This horse is a real mystery to me Oh, Luca....
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His feet never touch the ground for very long if they do "drag".


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post #23 of 41 Old 04-16-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: I went over to the horses and Luca was mooching around in the back of the paddock under the tree, so I just patted Syd instead. Luca immediately strode purposefully over, glaring at me. His walk was fluent, normal and NO DRAGGING AT ALL! So....maybe there's nothing wrong with him after all. I'll be keeping a close eye on him though and when the vet comes, I'll ride him around a bit for him to see whether he goes normally. If the weather gets better, I'm probably going to ride him for a tiny bit just to see whether he's back to normal...ugh...I hate this weather.


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post #24 of 41 Old 04-16-2013, 07:01 PM
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I'll be keeping a close eye on him though and when the vet comes, I'll ride him around a bit for him to see whether he goes normally. If the weather gets better, I'm probably going to ride him for a tiny bit just to see whether he's back to normal...
Why would you ride him if he could possibly have something wrong with his hind end? Evaluate without a rider first.

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post #25 of 41 Old 04-16-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I'll just do some groundwork instead...to see whether he still drags his feet. If he doesn't...could I then ride him a little bit??? I don't want to risk it...but he gets REALLY grouchy when he doesn't get exercised almost every day. So....is in hand work and free jumping fine? (only if he seems capable to do so)
Ahh........I'm just so worried about Luca... He doesn't seem in pain and he's his usual self...rfkgjenfkrtrhhhtrkg I'm worried


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A video would be awesome. My gelding drags his rear hooves at a walk when he's in hand or in the pasture. He's just lazy. When saddled he doesn't drag at all.
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I wouldn't be doing any jumping with him, free or otherwise, unless you've established what the problem is/was.
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The weather is a bit better today to I'll walk and trot him in hand to see whether he drags his feet or not. I will update you guys when I find out


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I would imagine there is a hock, stifle or other hind end problem.
Actually this horse doesn't have any problems. She's just lazy. :) The only time she drags her feet is when she is walking around in her corral but if she is trotting she never does. If you are riding or lunging her at a walk she doesn't drag her feet either.

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Actually this horse doesn't have any problems. She's just lazy. :) The only time she drags her feet is when she is walking around in her corral but if she is trotting she never does. If you are riding or lunging her at a walk she doesn't drag her feet either.
Which makes sense since there is wear on the hooves to correlate that theory.

The OPs horse does not have wear.

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