Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
Over-reaching is a balance issue, mostly. My horse has a very large over stride in all three gaits and when he was younger tended to pull shoes and clip himself. As his training has progressed and his muscling has improved, he no longer over reaches and clips himself, even in the field. Where he used to have bell boots on, now he does not need them because he is in better balance.
My advice is to do a lot of dressage with an experienced coach. If you don't have the means for that then yes the farrier can help, and bell boots are a viable option in the meantime.
Thank you, I actually hadn't thought about her being out of balance so much, but it would make total sense; I got her three months ago, and she is just now becoming really comfortable doing draw rein and syrcingle work. Prior to me getting her she had been out of work, and had never been worked in ways that help develop the topline and balance.
The more I think on it I am also wondering if she clipped herself when she was laying down (she always has a nightly snooze)...so maybe she clipped herself then.
I don't and probably won't shoe her, for those who suggested it; I could afford it, but I don't see that as the most viable option, especially if she winds up ripping them out all the time; I am just now getting the last of her nail\shoe caused cracks she had from when I first got her. (she was shoed for much of her 'adult' life, til the previous owners bought her, and they only had her for a month, and didn't take care of her feet to get rid of the results of the shoes.) I'm not saying that shoes don't help some horses, but for my girl, who now has really tough feet, as opposed to being ouchy even on gravel, I probably won't go back if I don't have to.
And no, I don't want this to turn out to be a 'shoe vs barefoot thread either'...that wasn't my original intent...