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    11-15-2011, 07:27 PM
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Foal
Short-Stepping Horse

My horse short-steps his rear right leg. I was wondering if there is anyway to help correct him. I was going to start walking him over ground poles. Will this help?

Also, my friends have told me that his ankles are set back and I should get him some boots, but I am not sure which ones to get. Any recommendations for any boots to support his rear legs. I will be putting splint boots on his front to help him.

Thank-You!
     
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    11-16-2011, 10:10 AM
  #2
Yearling
Your horse probably has an old injury higher up the leg. The problem could be originating at the hock, stiffle or even the hip. The best solution is to have him vetted and pinpoint the problem. Boots will be useless and poles might help strenghten things or aggrivate them making them worse.
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    11-16-2011, 05:31 PM
  #3
Trained
Ditto to LHP. I'd get a good bodyworker come check him out.
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    11-16-2011, 05:47 PM
  #4
Foal
Okay, I will do that! One other thing. He is very flat footed in the front, but not in the back could this be due to the fungal infection and is this bad?

I am going to have a farrier come out to look at him.

Thanks again everyone!
     
    11-16-2011, 08:54 PM
  #5
Yearling
What's going on with his fronts is most likely a direct correlation to what's going on behind. He's transferring more weight to his fore hand because his back end hurts. He could very well benefit from front shoes but getting him comfortable behind is more important.
     
    11-16-2011, 10:19 PM
  #6
Foal
Okay thanks!
     
    11-17-2011, 02:42 AM
  #7
Banned
What are you talking about with fungal infections and stuff?

Sounds to me like your horse is lame and needs attention from the veterinarian and/or farrier.
     
    11-17-2011, 03:20 PM
  #8
Foal
No, he had a fungal infection but has recovered. He went to the chiropractor twice to get his back adjusted because while he had his infection he was walking on his toes and not putting weight on his entire foot. He is much better now. He is not limping and walks just fine except for his short steeping which from the looks of it will need corrective shoes. (This all happened before I got him.)

I wanted to know about boots after I got his feet fixed for when I ride him. But even now when I ride him he acts fine and does not appear lame in any way. He just short-steps.

Hope this helps!
     
    11-17-2011, 07:07 PM
  #9
Trained
'Just short stepping' esp when you mention recent infection may mean he's still got tender heels & landing toe first. I'd be booting him for hard/rough ground, to protect & support those heels & allow them to become stronger.
     

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