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    04-18-2013, 02:49 AM
  #31
Weanling
Ok, here's an update I'm pretty happy about:
I did a nice groundwork session, and at first he was all lazy but he didn't really drag his hooves, he just moved the back ones like he was about to drag them, only that they were the tiniest bit off the ground. I trotted him in hand along the long part of the paddock and he perked right up with with happiness, since I havent exercised him for a few days. No dragging at all, nice, normal happy-horse trot! WHAT A RELIEF! And he slowed to a walk, he walked perfectly.
Ahh......*gives sigh of relief* he was probably just a bit lazy or uncooperative that day. Believe me, he does have his "grumpy not-wanna-work" days
My mind has almost been laid to rest....almost. I'll keep watching him. I have that little "jump" (two car tyres with a long sheet of white old fabric in between) on the paddock and went to clean it up, amd Luca just walked over to me, started trotting amd went right over the jump! he free jumped by himself! Oh....I love this horse.....so much!
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    04-18-2013, 01:38 PM
  #32
Foal
It Could be the Biceps Femoris

It would be wonderful if you could find someone in your area that does Stress Point Therapy, Structural Integration. If not, look at an equine anatomy book and find the biceps femoris. In my practice, I find that horses that scuff with the hind feet are usually very tight in that muscle, which connects to both the stifle and hock. You can start by thoroughly grooming with a curry and see if there is any relief. You want the muscle to freely move from side to side.
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    04-18-2013, 04:44 PM
  #33
Weanling
Wow, thanks for that advice! I'll definitely find that muscle and "groom" it, let's see if this will help
No dragging today, and I'm not going to see Luca for today and tomorrow morning, so I'll only be able to groom him tomorrow...
But yeah, thanks a LOT for that advice!!!
     
    04-18-2013, 10:06 PM
  #34
Foal
Biceps Femoris, continued

Keep in touch. Let me know how it goes. I'll see what else I can think of that might help.
     
    04-19-2013, 09:18 PM
  #35
Weanling
Well...today I did a bit of groundwork after giving him a thorough grooming (also following your advice) and he was as sweet as can be. We just practised some yielding and trotting and stuff like that, no riding though. I'm happy so far.
     
    04-19-2013, 09:26 PM
  #36
Foal
That sounds good. You can even rock the hamstrings back and forth and keep him loose that way. It's amazing how many lamenesses can be solved with just releasing tight muscles.
     
    04-25-2013, 05:02 AM
  #37
Weanling
Luca is now 100% fine!!
No dragging at all, I'm riding him again after a little bit of resting, grooming and stretching. Thank you BevJacobsEquineMassage for your excellent advice! It REALLY helped!
     
    04-25-2013, 06:29 AM
  #38
Foal
I've been silently worrying about this thread since I first read it. A horse at our barn was having this, along with laying down alot, and he had to be put to sleep =/ they said there was a parasite that was 'eating his brain' that he got from a possum or a raccoon.
     
    04-25-2013, 06:32 PM
  #39
Foal
Me too Kotori. Around here if a horse starts dragging its hind feet everyone gets sweating. And the culprit is only whispered of.
So good to hear your guy is good and happy!
     
    04-25-2013, 06:33 PM
  #40
Foal
Me too Kotori. Around here if a horse starts dragging its hind feet everyone gets sweating. And the culprit is only whispered of.
So good to hear your guy is good and happy!
     

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