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post #1 of 5 Old 10-05-2012, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Stocking up?

What causes this?

My horse has always stocked up after even very little time in a stall.

My horse; Otto, is an overo Paint, 11 years old. A gelding. 15.2 ish. He has 4 white legs but only stocks up in the back.

Right now he is in training and being ridden and turned out every day. He has been in training for 60 days and will stay in fot another 60.

He eats good quality timothy hay (all he can eat pretty much) and strategy grain. He is lanky in build and pretty lean and getting fit. (Was thin with lack of muscle)

He stocks up even after just being out all day and ridden for an hour (usually takes anothe couple hours before he stocks up though).

Is there somthing I can do or should do about this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-05-2012, 09:50 AM
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Horses are designed to always be moving. They move throughout their fields when they graze. When you stop this movement, they can stock up. Some more so then others.

If it is that much of a concern for you, you can always wrap his legs when your horse is standing in a stall.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-05-2012, 09:54 AM
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My older mare does this everytime she is in a stall, her back legs are much worse. She just flat out doesn't move on her stall!
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-09-2012, 09:30 PM
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So, my horse has never noticably stocked up. But today her hind legs are stocked up and so are a few other horses in my barn. My boss/ BO says it is probably just a virus that is going around. The horses that are stocked up also have a dicreased appitite, but no fever. I was searching the forum to see if anyone else has had this going on with their horses...
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-09-2012, 09:49 PM
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Could be a few things, but basically, as wetrain(is that we train or wet rain??) said, horses need free movement & aren't built for being cooped up. It's not great for horses, for a number of reasons & it seems that your horse is more sensitive to this problem than some. 24/7 turnout with mates would be best. Diet & nutrition can also play a part - high starch or rich feeds such as grain can be problematic & if the diet isn't well balanced nutritionally, deficiencies could be one reason or contributor for it.
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