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post #1 of 9 Old 12-15-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Trips Often

Scarlet gets her feet done regularly and is currently shod. A month ago we were trotting in a dirt area around dusk. She tripped and went down on her front knees but quickly recovered and I managed to stay on. Since it was dusk I figured she couldnt see, dirt area...yadda yadda.

She tends to trip mostly during the trot. It's pretty scary every trip but it's never really anything serious. Last week, we were going up a dirt hill and she tripped again, this time she went all the way down and I fell off but since it was uphill, I barely felt it. She however, ended up with a sprained knee. I figured this time was because of the loose dirt, uphill, yadda yadda.

I've noticed that on her shoes, the front and center of the shoe is more worn than the rest of the shoe. I can't explain why she can't trot without tripping.

Today I rode another horse, since I'm resting Scar. His feet are WAAAAY over due and they're cracked and grown out. At a slow trot, he tripped, nothing major....BUT WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN and I flew off and actually got hurt. It was flat, no holes, nice grassy area. I have NO idea why he reacted so violently to such a simple stumble.

After that, I was afraid to do anything over a walk. And I'm afraid I'm going to lose the confidence I posses and soon I won't wanna do anything over a walk and I REALLY enjoy running :(

Any suggestions as to what Scars issue could be? She's had no previous issues.

And any advice to me personally to keep me from developing this falling phobia? I've ridden FOREVER and never fallen. This is all new to me. And now that I have, I'm afraid I'm going to get afraid.

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Have you discussed this with the farrier and the vet? Sounds like she has been tripping for a while. Not looking after this is making it worse, not better. She could have arthritis, she could be sore in her legs, feet, shoulder, perhaps her feet aren't done just quite right...

How is she in the field alone? Have you been able to watch her at play?
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Have you discussed this with the farrier and the vet? Sounds like she has been tripping for a while. Not looking after this is making it worse, not better. She could have arthritis, she could be sore in her legs, feet, shoulder, perhaps her feet aren't done just quite right...

How is she in the field alone? Have you been able to watch her at play?
When she sprained her knee she had some stiffness and tripped a few times as I lead her. I think I'm going to cut the forum thing and just call my vet out to see what she thinks. Although she had a prepurchase checkout and it was clear.
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Good idea. But I would have called the vet / farrier when the tripping first started, not waited until she is now (further?) injured. That said, I'm glad you will be contacting the vet and I would be interested in what (s)he has to say.
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I had an appy mare that would trip constantly if left to lolly gaggle thru the ride. I had to be constantly side passing her, extending and shortening strides, changing directions and speeds, etc. If I wasn't keeping her attention the whole ride she would kind of daze out and not pay any attention to where we were going or where her feet were!
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Its not a recent problem. She has always done this. Im just getting sick of it.
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Can you post photos of her feet?
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I will tomorrow. Bottoms and all
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Side views will be most helpful for what I'm thinking, but include all you want.
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