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        11-14-2012, 11:03 AM
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    Trained
    Im convinced it's a stifle problem.
    There are three ligaments around the knee(the real one), two to either side and one directly over the kneecap. Usually the one on the inside one is a Tad long. When he stretches the leg completely the ligament catches on the kneecap and his keg is blocked. That usually scares them quite a bit, obviously. Sound after a trim, because the toe is shortened and the hoof leaves the ground faster, means no complete stretching of the leg, so no catching.
    Have his hooves trimmed, with a squared toe and a little more heel than normal. That might be all that's needed.
    Working him on hills in a trot builds muscle which in turn keeps the ligaments tight.
    I hope this makes sense
         
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        11-14-2012, 11:05 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Yeaaa that does make sense thank you x
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        11-14-2012, 11:12 AM
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    Trained
    Good
    I had a standardbred who just wouldn't run...because of that. Nobody ever thought about it. It came to light after he stopped working. This type of trim was what solved the problem. But he needed trimmed every six weeks on the day, if not he'd block.
         
        11-14-2012, 11:16 AM
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    Foal
    Ahhh I see could just be that then ill get him booked in with the farrier xx
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        11-14-2012, 11:24 AM
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    Trained
    Good. Make sure he does the squared toe and leaves some heel. And explain why.
    If that solves the problem, you'll know what to do
         
        11-14-2012, 11:25 AM
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    Foal
    Right okay thank you x
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