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  • Trouble 2 yeAr
  • Yearling keeps tripping when walking

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    11-01-2011, 09:49 PM
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Yearling Trouble, 2year old problems

He seems to get cut up a great deal, and he is fat, wormed, vaccinated, but I always feel his ribs, not as badly as I did when I got him, but he was just bones then. His skin also seems flaky, and it is not hot enough out to sunburn so I do not understand what it is. He has baths on warm enough days, brushed daily, fed well. I am just not sure if the ribs are due to thin skin(which I think is likely but I've never dealt with this), and I do not know what's going on with his skin still being flaky in the fall.


The two year old MFT's update is as follows:
His feet are trimmed, and it did stop his stumbling, his hooves are cleaned daily, brushed daily, and rode daily, walking, slow trots. So slowing him down, and watching him closely. Though today we were going at a very slow trot, could have jogged with no effort alongside him. Flat ground on the dirt road, and he was not tripping or stumbling, but he just fell forward. He skinned his nose, his knees, and I got him, checked all hooves, nothing in them, not even a pebble. The shoes were not loose, they were on firmly, and his hindquarters equal his chest so he is not pushing himself over. I walked with him after that, got back on and rode him, got off and walked, and there was no tripping. I can't explain why he did this after doing so well for so long, but he got medication to keep infection away.
     
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    11-02-2011, 09:42 PM
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You want to be able to feel a yearling's ribs quite easily, but not see them. As long as his ribs aren't sticking out, the weight is fine. It's better to have them a bit light on than too fat.

If his skin and coat are not in great condition, I would reasses what you are feeding him. Speak to a vet, they are usually very willing to consult over the phone to give basic advice. Keep washing to a minimum, I only wash my horses when they are disgustingly filthy or going to a show. Overwashing with shampoo strips the oils from the coat and will make the skin dry and flakey.

Also make sure he is up to date with his worming and vaccinations.


As for your two year old, is he a young 2 year old or almost 3? If young, please keep riding to a minimum, its possible that he just lost his balance and that cause him to trip. But as a youngster you really don't want to be doing much at all with him as he is still very much growing, and you can do some big damage with too much work, too early.
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    11-03-2011, 08:39 PM
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Firstly Kayty, WHAT is that very cute furry thing in your signature pic and WHAT is it holding??

Mojave, as with us, horses carry weight in different ways and some may naturally be a bit 'ribby' even if fat. But *generally*, as Kayty said, if you can feel ribs that's good, but barely able to see them through a summer coat. However, we're also talking about a baby and they also go through gangly stages, so I wouldn't worry about him being ribby generally. Flakey skin can be due to infection, nutrition, being washed too much...

Your 2 yo, I also agree fully with Kayty, that he's still very immature to be doing much if at all on his back. Also I would not shoe a horse before maturity. Stumbling could be related to either of those things and I'd take it seriously.
     
    11-03-2011, 08:46 PM
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I think it's a hampster or something (im in Aus so have never seen a real one haha!) and it's holding a machine gun
     
    11-03-2011, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Firstly Kayty, WHAT is that very cute furry thing in your signature pic and WHAT is it holding??

Mojave, as with us, horses carry weight in different ways and some may naturally be a bit 'ribby' even if fat. But *generally*, as Kayty said, if you can feel ribs that's good, but barely able to see them through a summer coat. However, we're also talking about a baby and they also go through gangly stages, so I wouldn't worry about him being ribby generally. Flakey skin can be due to infection, nutrition, being washed too much...

Your 2 yo, I also agree fully with Kayty, that he's still very immature to be doing much if at all on his back. Also I would not shoe a horse before maturity. Stumbling could be related to either of those things and I'd take it seriously.
I would talk to your farrier if he keeps tripping. I'm surprised a farrier even shoed him being so young, but if he has a reason for it, then he may want to give him shoes that are lighter in weight. I know one of my mares was tripping a lot (she's 20, so nothing to do with being young.) She was also hitting her left front fetlock with her right front hoof/ shoe and causing it to bleed just a little. I told the farrier, and he knew exactly what was up- her shoes were too heavy. Now she's totally fine with lighter weight shoes... So you never know. Those farriers seem to know a little about everything! (My farrier also floats teeth...)
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