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post #1 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Horse trips?

My gelding Skip seems to trip a lot.

He isn't visibly lame, not dragging his feet, limping, etc. He doesn't have any sore/warm spots, or any injuries that I know of. He does have shoes, and the farrier just replaced them Friday.

At first I thought it was just the rider, when I first noticed was when my friend who never had ridden a horse before rode him and was pretty unbalanced. But I think I have a pretty good seat, and he still trips. It's mainly at the trot, he does trip at the walk but not as much and he is fine while cantering. I ride mostly western and I post while trotting. I ride mainly on level ground too, and there aren't any holes or things on the ground that he could trip on. We normally warm up for 20-30 minutes before a ride, so it isn't like I am hopping on and cantering off right away.

I forgot to ask my farrier about this Friday, but he has to come back in two or three weeks to trim our other guys(new horses screwed up our schedule lol) so I will ask him then. His coggins Expires in two months, so I could ask the vet then.

Could he just be lazy or unaware of where he places his feet? He does clip his front hooves with his backs from time to time.

Any ideas of what, if anything, could be wrong?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 07:06 PM
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He needs some farrier work to get a better break over so he doesn't overreach.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 07:12 PM
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how old is he?
when we first got our TB he was a 3 yr old with 8ft long legs haha. so he would trip alot when we first started riding him because he was trying to figure out how to place them and move fluidly. once we got his muscle built up and had him working on cavalettis and what not he got much more balanced and sure footed.

if your horse isnt a youngin trying to work out his legs then im not sure...sorry

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We've had him for about two months, and were gonna get him trimed two weeks ago, but our farrier went on vacation then we did so he had to wait a little bit. He doesn't overreach nearly as much now since he was shod.

He's 8, so he isn't going to be figuring out his footing. But maybe trotting poles would help?
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 07:42 PM
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i would definitely try some cavalletti poles or just any kind of ground poles thatll get him thinking about foot placement and see if that helps...

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-20-2012, 08:33 PM
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Can you share some pictures of his feet? Being able to see them will help to discern whether they might be the source of the issue you are experiencing.
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I can get some pictures tomorrow, thanks for the help so far everyone!
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-08-2012, 09:50 AM
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Hailey, i had the same Issue with Skip when had him as well. he always tripped at the trot. though it wasn't something all the time so i just assumed he needed to learn foot placement, we did trot some poles and he got a bit better with it. so that may be the issue. when i asked the farrier he said his feet looked fine and that it was probably just lazyness. i hope all is well with him! and i love seeing his pictures and updates :)

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