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post #1 of 2 Old 05-23-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Is something wrong with my mares leg/foot?

I have a four and a half-five year old Racking mare, and I guess by rights the problem started last year, but there wasn't anything to make me worried. Almost every time I take my mare out for a trail ride, her back foot (I haven't figured out which one it is exactly) will just randomly give out, she doesn't pause or anything, it just seems to slide out when she puts pressure on it.

Now what's weird, is there is never any swelling, and she never gives any signs of pain. She did this a couple times, and I took her home every time to be safe, but after it continued every now and then, and she didn't show pain I decided to keep going on the trail and see what would happen. Forty minutes to an hour into the ride, Indie just stopped her "limp" all together and we went about the ride as normal as ever. SO CONFUSED.
She did this last year, but it was rare and only every other ride= I took her home every time it happened.

Indie never limps out in pasture, and when I just ride her around the yard or the neighborhood she doesn't do it either. She had a drained abscess in her back frog this spring, being a first-time-owner I didn't figure out what it was until her leg was swollen. Thankfully she recovered within a few days and hasn't showed any signs of pain in that area since.

Is it possible it's just a trick to get back to the barn? Because so far that is the only thing I've been able to guess. LOL. Any help, please?
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-23-2011, 11:16 AM
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Sometimes a horse that is out of condition or strung out will do that. If you haven't found a physical cause I would bet it is lack of muscling or poor frame. Or it could be that she still has a sore spot on her hoof & every so often she steps on something that irritates her.
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