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post #1 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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my horse trips and falls??

My 15 year old Tennessee Walker has tripped and fallen three times this year. She was not hurt on any occasion and finished the rides just fine. She does not seem to be upset at all after she falls. Does any one have any ideas what the problem might be?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 07:40 PM
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What is her farrier care routine at this time? What sort of ground was she on at the time of these trips? Have they all been at a particular gait? What is her overall condition/health? Have you been able to feel where the trip is coming from (which leg/foot)?
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 10:24 AM
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A horse that trips and falls is dangerous to ride. You need to get to the bottom of this and we don't have enough information here to even begin to guess what the problem might be. I'd be talking with my farrier and making a vet appointment.

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 01:30 PM
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Yes you need to get to the bottom of the trip/fall "five minutes ago".

When that kept happening with a woman's horse (also a TWH) on my local forum, we ran the gamut of possibilities.

Finally somebody (not me) was smart enough to tell her to check the horse for EPM.

Turns out that's what the tripping/falling was all about --- EPM. Sadly he only made it one year after a valiant effort by the owner and the horse---

I am so sorry to be a Downer but if you're not finding anything else that makes sense, get the horse looked at by a vet.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 01:36 PM
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It could be a lot of things, from bad farrier work to a developing case of EPM, which can be devastating. It needs to be checked out by a vet. A horse that trips is a danger to its rider.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 05:47 PM
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My spotted saddle horse that kept tripping (and occasionally going down at the front) had ringbone. Both high and low. Riding him was nerve wracking AND dangerous. He was retired to a children's facility where he stood around and got petted and fingerpainted. He was TOTALLY happy.

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of your replies. My farrier says she is fine and I have thought about EPM. I have an appointment with my vet but was hoping she would be seen by a chiropractor first. I had not considered ringbone but will look into that possibility. All of her trips have been at a walk, one on flat and two on a downward slope, dry and not very rocky.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 07:07 PM
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Id get a couple opinions on the farrier possibility. I have had many farriers tell me a horse was fine only to discover painful deep sulcus thrush and long toes. Both will make a horse trip.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-03-2012, 09:44 PM
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She could also just be lazy and drag her feet along..The farrier I was learning under had a horse who constantly tripped because he dragged his feet. He put a pair of square toed shoes on him and left his toe where it was suppose to be (according to the gelding's feet) and he finally started picking up his feet and not tripping because the shoes exaggerated the trip if he dragged his toe along. He now alternates the horse between normal fitted shoes and occasionally putting square toes back on him when he starts tripping again for a cycle, and then right back.
I believe he said the horse fell right on his face a few times before he got the idea and actually picked his feet up when he moved instead of dragging.
You could always try trot poles/cavalettis/etc if she isn't shod/you'd rather not change her shoes.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-04-2012, 01:37 AM
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OP, more info, including some pics if you would like more than guesses. I am not at all familiar with EPM in Australia.... thankfully it seems! But yes, hoof probs & 'sub clinical' lameness & such is a common problem & unfortunately commonly unrecognised, yes, even by some farriers.

Iseul, of course I can't know more about the situation, but I HIGHLY doubt that horse in question was tripping because of laziness, or that the square toe shoes worked on a psychological basis. Horses do not fall over, particularly on their faces out of laziness - there was something physically wrong.
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