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post #11 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 10:44 AM
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I just remembered that an older horse I had started tripping... it ended up being arthritis in her knees... any possibilty it might be originating somewhere other than her feet?
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-10-2008, 02:17 PM
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If after you get his feet trimmed and he is still trippy, you might look at your saddle placement. A saddle placed to far forward can cause a horse to trip a lot. Or even if you are riding to forward placing too much weight on the front end and not being balanced.


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post #13 of 17 Old 07-11-2008, 12:17 AM
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If his feet have been and are well taken care of, I would start thinking about knee problems? I had a gelding that started tripping more and more. I assumed it was lazzyness when it first started but as it occurred more and more I got a vet out to check on him. He developed arthritis, which became quite advanced very quickly.
He was an 11 year old tb. He had been raced until the age of 5...go figure he got such bad knees.

Something to maybe consider.
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post #14 of 17 Old 07-11-2008, 03:49 PM
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i had a horse who tripped alot...we got his feet done and he still did it...so we called the vet and he couldnt find anything...it was him being lazy...the silly boy would act so acared each time he would trip... :)
Hehe, sounds like my Hoover. He's what my friend calls a "stumble bum." He's trimmed to the nines, actually gets xrays on his legs (because of his pasterns) , gets a joint supplement, but he still finds some way to trip. He used to get really scared because he didn't know what happened, too.

He's done it as long as I've had him, tho. When he starts tripping more, I know to call the farrier ASAP (I usually catch the length before he gets to that point...but sometimes our farrier can't make it out on regular visits). I can't really give advice that hasn't already been given. If the farrier doesn't help him, get a vet out there to check him.

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post #15 of 17 Old 07-11-2008, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, I think part of it was him being out of shape, maybe just part... would that make any sense? Because yesterday I rode him forever in uneven ground and up hills at a trot and a lope and he didn't trip hardly at all.... it's just weird....
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post #16 of 17 Old 07-12-2008, 02:30 PM
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picking up feet

well you could try doing some pole work (like, having him do alot of flatwork over poles) to teach him to pick up his feet if that is the problem...it might be especially good if you get the kind of metal pole that will ring if he hits it with a hoof and will also hurt a little more then say a wood pole. Also I know that they train Shetlands to lift their legs for showing by sticking really heavy boots on them for a week or so, then when they take the boots off, the horse's feet feel so light to him that they lift them up really high. Does that give you any ideas?
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post #17 of 17 Old 07-13-2008, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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^^^ I might try that if all else fails, but i'm hoping it was just he needed a trim


UPDATE: He got himself trimmed and shod yesterday, so we'll see how he's doing today! Hopefully he's a new horse!
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