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    05-28-2011, 10:48 AM
Horse falling twice in two weeks

My horse fell down last Saturday while I was trimming his front foot. He was in the cross ties and fell backwards, breaking the cross ties. After they had broken he got up backed up a couple steps then fell again. Then he stood shaking for a few minutes. He had a very light lameness for the next 24 hours, I assume he hurt himself when he fell. I assumed it was an isolated incident and did not think about it much.

Today it happened again. I was trimming one of his front feet(I can't remember if it was the same one or not) and he fell backwards got up and fell again. No lameness this time but otherwise very similar. Both times I had one of his front feet on a hoof stand in front of him.

I have two theories:

1. I am using the hoof stand wrong. Although I have been using it for months with no issues and I don't think I have changed anything.

2. This is the first sign of a neurological disease of some sort. But he seems normal any other time, and shows no signs of balance loss when I am riding. Only when his feet are being held up. But I though maybe if he was having really early symptoms I might not notice them when he has all four feet to help him balance.
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    05-28-2011, 11:11 AM
Green Broke
I don't think the problem is the hoof stand. I would call your vet.
    05-28-2011, 11:27 AM
I am going to try to call the vet on Monday, although they might be closed for Memorial day. If so I'll call on Tuesday. He is due for his vaccinations anyway.
    05-28-2011, 11:31 AM
Get a vet out. This is not normal. A horse should have no problem standing on three legs.
this would not be from use of the hoof stand.Sounds more central nervous system.
    05-28-2011, 11:50 AM
A horse will not fall over backwards, then fall AGAIN because of a hoof stand. I would guess it's neurological. Please get a vet out.
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    05-28-2011, 12:19 PM
I hope there is nothing wrong, but I agree a vet check is needed. I'm sure that you wont be riding her until she has been checked out, but it bears repeating...I wouldn't ride her until she has been checked out.
    05-28-2011, 12:46 PM
No riding for sure, just close observation. Hopefully I can get my vet out this week. If not I'll try some of the others nearby.
    05-28-2011, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
Yes - get your vet out as soon as you can. Many neurological issues have a better chance of recovery if they can be caught early on. Let us know what he finds out.
    05-28-2011, 10:11 PM
Agree with others. It is not the hoof stand or something to take lightly. It could possibly be a back or other prob, rather than neurological. Eg. If the horse was in pain or a nerve was pinched in that position & using the x ties for support but they gave way.
    05-30-2011, 01:33 PM
My horse did this to me while I was picking his hoof about 3 years ago. The problem was the farrier put on wedge pads that made his heels too tall.

The result was that when the heels are too tall the stay apparatus (the thing that makes the horses leg able to lock,making a horse able to nap while standing) doesn't function properly and can't lock fully.

So are his heels maybe a bit too tall for him. Do you notice his knees shaking while he is standing? Or when you pick up a hoof?

If not : it could be sleep deprivation (does he have other horses around him? Or does he seem overly sleepy all the time? Are there signs of him lying down ( manure on his side)

Just some things it could be that i'm thinking of.

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