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post #1 of 7 Old 11-19-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Horse's uncontrollable leg shaking

2 days ago I took on the training of a new client, whom was a rescued mare. I won't be starting her training until this weekend. She is 13-14 hands tall, supposed to be a Quarter and is between 6 and 8 years of age. Her owner, Heather, messaged me today and said that she noticed her front legs shaking really bad. I have never heard of a horse's front legs shaking so I had to turn to you all. I am not sure what is causing this. This mare loves to run all the time. She is on sweet feed and on 10 acres. She just had her hooves done the day she arrived at her new home as well as deworming, ect. Has anyone heard of this? I'm sure she isn't shaking because of the cool air!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-19-2012, 09:49 PM
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When I first brought Ivy home (2 year old, very thin, neglected filly) her legs shook quite often - vet said muscle fatigue was causing it and to try to keep her quiet (she was a nervous wreck so paced the fenceline and stall). With good food and care she calmed down, got stronger, and the shaking stopped.

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When I first brought Ivy home (2 year old, very thin, neglected filly) her legs shook quite often - vet said muscle fatigue was causing it and to try to keep her quiet (she was a nervous wreck so paced the fenceline and stall). With good food and care she calmed down, got stronger, and the shaking stopped.

That makes sense. This mare is definitely a nervous wreck. Smallest of things set her off she has had very little human contact
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I would recomend you take her off the sweet feed that's not a great choice of feed. Its like feeding candy to kids makes them hyper. I used to feed sweet feed and my horse was a nervous wreck and a idiot to ride. So get rid of the sweet feed she might calm down then. Not sure about the shaking legs never have had that problem with any of my horses. Most horses don't need any grain at all just hay or pasture.
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I would recomend you take her off the sweet feed that's not a great choice of feed. Its like feeding candy to kids makes them hyper. I used to feed sweet feed and my horse was a nervous wreck and a idiot to ride. So get rid of the sweet feed she might calm down then. Not sure about the shaking legs never have had that problem with any of my horses. Most horses don't need any grain at all just hay or pasture.
alrighty i'll pass on the message to Heather.
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Has this mare been tested for HYPP?
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Has this mare been tested for HYPP?
not that I am aware of
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