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post #1 of 7 Old 08-04-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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"lameness"??

so is it possible for a horse to fan lameness so that they don't have to work. I'm exercising a friends horse for her for 2 weeks. and when i warmed him up and lunged him he was perfect but when i was riding after warmups thn he came up lame. and i toted her because she wanted to know everything of course. and she said that he fakes. Idk if that's true if it is then her horse should be on Broadway because he's got some serious talent. . . . .

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I dont see how a horse could fake being lame.... I would tell her a vet needs to come out to check her horse.
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I do not think horses have that much of a thought process.

I would think it is more likely that some part of riding actually is uncomfortable. (Tack (saddle, bridle, bit), rider, extra weight from the rider, footing on the rail (versus in the center where lunged.
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I dont think horses have that thought pattern but they do learn from experience. If a horse stumbles or treads on a stone and is lame for a stride and the rider immeadiatly hops off, he may begin to learn that limping means no work...


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I do not think horses have that much of a thought process.

I would think it is more likely that some part of riding actually is uncomfortable. (Tack (saddle, bridle, bit), rider, extra weight from the rider, footing on the rail (versus in the center where lunged.

We do have crappy sand on the rail maybe that was it. Don't worry we are getting new sand next week or on Sunday! so excited. thanks for input!

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No. It is not in a horse's repertoire to be able to lie. If he's 'acting' lame he most definitely is lame & shouldn't be ridden. Don't know how you might go about getting this across to your friend tho... perhaps you'd be willing to get a professional opinion on his soundness?
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I don't see a point in a horse "faking". Their mind doesn't work like that of humans as we could fake pain. Horses know they have jobs and most of them anyways, want to please you. I would say get a vet out or a professional trainer to at least look at the horse to see if its lame. Getting professional help will probably be the only way of getting the point across that he is lame and not faking it. Good luck with it though.
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