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    07-30-2012, 01:55 PM
Stumbling and Falling 3 weeks after trims...

My mare was stumbling and nearly face planting about three and half weeks after she was trimmed and shod. I had another farrier come out and have her looked at. He said she was long and being trimmed would take care of the problem. We went on many rides with uneven, rocky, hilly terrain after that and she did great. It's been about three and a half weeks again and she is stumbling and nearly face planting again.

Is this uncommon? It seems that most of the horses at my boarding facility are done on average around every 8 weeks.
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    07-30-2012, 02:03 PM
Some horses need their feet trimmed more often. My horse is on a strict 5 week schedule and sometimes we bump him to 4 weeks in the show season.

Very few horses, and usually only if they are unshod on rocky terrain, can make it 8 weeks comfortably between trims. Talk to your farrier.
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    07-30-2012, 02:09 PM
Mine never go more than 6 weeks, and during the summer months I usually change it to 4 weeks. Their feet grow more in the summer, it seems.
    07-30-2012, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
Mine does that if he goes over 5 weeks. I have him scheduled for every 4 right now and the farrier is working on changing his angles a bit.

Not all horses like to be "average"! Mine is the most frequently trimmed at the barn and there are others who get just a smidge taken off every 6-8 weeks. The farrier always says that he's love to split my horse's hoof growth between him and a pony whose hooves NEVER grow and really needs growth!
    07-30-2012, 02:13 PM
OK. Well, that's good to know then. When your horse begins stumbling everyone suggests that there must be a problem. I have heard everything from the saddle fit, inadequate food intake, navicular, arthritis, training issues, etc, etc. I'm inclined to believe it's long toes, due to the fact that she stopped doing it when she was freshly trimmed. I appreciate the input.
    07-30-2012, 02:22 PM
Your horse might also benefit from having a bit more break over... Someone please correct me if I'm wrong! A decent farrier will be your best resource for determining that though.
    07-30-2012, 02:26 PM
Anebel- I think he did that on the last trim. She was fantastic for the first 2 weeks after that and then it starts with tripping in week 3 and towards week 4 she's nearly falling on her face.

If our trails were even, it would probably not be so bad, but we have really rocky, rough trails. We are moving in September and the trails are not as tough there.
    07-30-2012, 02:35 PM
Can you get some pictures of her feet? This website (thank you loosie) will show you how to take pictures that will be most helpful. Good Hoof Photos - How to take Good Hoof Photos
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    07-30-2012, 02:55 PM
I can try to get some pictures on Wednesday. Thank you. :)
    07-30-2012, 06:30 PM
Green Broke
Wellllll, I hope I'm really way off base but that is how a friend's horse started out when it was in the earliest stages of EPM:(

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