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post #1 of 7 Old 08-29-2011, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy why is my old pony not letting me pick her back feet up without falling! :(

Hii I have a pony about 25 and she has just started to become very unbalanced when I pick her right back foot up, she kind of picks it up slams in down on the toe and drags it :( like a snapping motion,she's near off fell everytime but now I need farrier out and am scared incase its something serious and I don't want to chew her into holding her back foot up when she's not safe :(. Could someone please tell me what is happening :( x
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-29-2011, 07:21 PM
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It sounds as though she may be getting arthritis in those legs causing problems both holding it up and holding weight on the other side. Might be time to just have a vet check her out and decide if it's time to start some supplements.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-29-2011, 08:06 PM
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How high are you lifting her back feet?

You might want to try picking them out near ground level, so that she can keep her balance.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-29-2011, 08:18 PM
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Probably athritis or equilibrium. Could even be up high in the hip. My 38 year old walker got to where we had to lean him against a wall to do his feet because he would fall over. But he was REALLY old and the vet had diagnosed his many issues. We were at the time to make a decision stage when he left us...

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What you're describing is not uncommon in older, arthritic animals. At 25 your pony probably has some joint stiffness or arthritis that makes this hard or painful for her.

You can help her out in a number of ways - first, pick up the hind foot and hold it very LOW to the ground, don't crank it up high in the air with a lot of stifle and hock flexion like you would a younger horse. Maybe even let her rest her toe on the ground as you pick out the sole of the foot. Her reaction may be a pain reaction at having to hold a joint flexed in that postion. Second, do place her against a wall or fence so there's something for her to lean or support herself on while you hold one foot up. That will lessen the panicked slamming the foot down when she feels like she's going to fall down.

You may find it's much easier for her to cope after she's moved around and had some exercise. I wouldn't try to pick feet if she's been standing up all night and is stiff; I would let her have some walking and turnout first.

Finally, if the farrier is due to trim her, I would NOT put her up in a stall beforehand and I would give her a little bute or other antiinflammatory to make her more comfortable for trimming.
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I had a horse the was lame in his hip and i couldnt pick his legs up cause it hurt him so i kept the hoof on the ground but set it on its toe like he was relaxed and it seemed to work out when i needed to pick his back feet
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Thanks for all your replies. I think best bet is maybe to keep her in some sort of very light work to keep her supple and get vet out for a check over. She's on a senior mix and cod liver oil I have heating rub for her joints, it doesn't help she's in a field with very bossy mares and gets bullied! :(
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