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    09-04-2012, 11:28 AM
Horse Stepping Short?

Hi guys, I need advice again.

I had a potential buyer comment on the fact that Stoney "Steps short" in the back. Im guessing that means he's not fully extending?

Either way, is this something that he can be trained out of, or is it permenent?

And, is it something that will count him as "unsound" in the vet check?

Any advice, knowledge, or tips are greatly appreciated. Please!
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    09-04-2012, 11:37 AM
Can you post a video? It's hard to say what's going on without seeing it. You could always talk to your vet to see what he/she has to say.
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    09-04-2012, 11:39 AM
I bought a short strided horse knowing it was because of his farrier work. I consider them unsound and would not purchase if it couldn't be corrected. He remained sound the entire time we owned him. Anxious to see answers to this.
    09-04-2012, 11:49 AM
I'm trying to find a video where its noticable. If I push him into a more forward trot, he tracks up and the short stepping goes away.

I've been jumping him for almost a year and a half and never had any soundness issues.

Would the fact that he hasnt been ridden much (due to my injury) and has lost some muscling in his hindquaters have anything to do with it?
    09-04-2012, 05:28 PM
My horse's short stride in back was 100% farrier created. An undermuscled horse would able be a possible factor, but it is more likely he is not trimmed properly back there. When your horse is walking on a level surface, do his hind feet land heel first or toe first?

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