From big strides to short choppy ones

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    07-03-2010, 08:41 AM
Green Broke
From big strides to short choppy ones

Buzz has all of a sudden started doing shorter strides...
Its really werid and I'm not to sure if theres anything wrong I have given him rubs all down his back no pain no flinching.
His walk is still the same its just he's trot and canter.
I don't know really how to explain it and I don't know if its a good thing but his head is now lower and I think he is trying to keep it tucked under. I'm not forcing doing anything with my hands just holding them like normal.
He will sometimes go back to his other canter and trot, and the head will go up as well.
He also seems to be tripping more as well. Like stumbling over the smallest things.
I don't know if this because I have been going out on trials more or what.
Anyway opions please. I havn't got any videos as I forgot to bring my camera
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    07-03-2010, 09:30 AM
When is the last time you've had the farrier out? Have you inspected his legs and hooves for potential injuries/heat? The change in stride plus stumbling throws a red flag to check his feet out. He could either be in need of a trim and accommodating too-long hooves, or have an injury causing him to move differently.

Ditto for his teeth. If nothing's changed in your tack or riding style, but his head/neck carriage has changed, the teeth are suspect for uneven wear or the development of hooks or sharp edges. "Tucked Under", if it's the way I'm visualizing, face behind the vertical and breaking behind the poll, isn't good training/posture wise.

If you can get pics/video next time, it might help.
    07-04-2010, 04:26 AM
I'd get a farrier out if you haven't done so, and then have a chiropractor take a look. Him wanting to tuck his head under is not a good thing, he could possible have a muscle out along his neck or back, or even hind legs if he's not wanting to go freely forwards. I would certainly have him thoroughly checked out before trying to get him to go forward again.
    07-04-2010, 06:02 AM
Green Broke
The farrier was out last week so its nothing to do with his feet but I may have to invest in getting a dentist out.
I have noticed his feet are warm, I don't know if its normal but I felt my friends ponies feet and they felt the same.
I think his feet may be sore from the farrier though. As he is avoiding walking on the hard ground and walks extremely slow well slower then normal.
How much do you think on average it costs for the dentist to come out?
    07-04-2010, 06:07 AM
Ah ok yeah that sounds like foot soreness if he's hesitant over hard ground. Can you put him in a sand/soft grass yard/paddock for a few days? Don't work him and keep him on soft ground for a few days then see how he is before you fork out for a dentist. Personally I'd get a chiro out before a dentist because it doesn't sound like a mouth issue, but it's up to you.
    07-04-2010, 06:12 AM
Green Broke
He lives on soft ground :)
I will leave him till thursday then hopefully he will be better.
I'm leaning towards foot soreness it's just the fact his feet were done last week friday(25th friday) maybe the farrier did them really far back or something...
    07-04-2010, 06:21 AM
Hmm that's quite a long time for him to be sore if he lives on soft ground. Is he shod? Any particular lameness in a leg or is it just the choppy strides? If there's any localised lameness it's possible the farrier could have put a nail in a bit too far back. I'd give him a few days off, and then trot him out. If there's no change I'd go for the chiropractor, as if it's not foot soreness, short/choppy strides and sucking back behind the bridle is a good indicator that there is soreness over his back or quarters.
    07-04-2010, 06:27 AM
Green Broke
Hes barefoot trimmed.
But if it was back pain wouldnt he maintain that short stride or would he go in and out of it?
How much do you think it would cost for the chiropractor?
    07-04-2010, 06:34 AM
Ok that rules shoeing out!
It depends on where exactly he's sore, he may stay consistently curled back and choppy, or he may go in and out of it depending on how he's bent/flexed etc. It's like if you've got a pulled muscle for instance, if you can for a walk, it will hurt for a while, then you'll forget about it for a bit, then suddenly you'll step a bit awkwardly and it'll hurt again etc.
I would put my money on something out that a chiro would pick up ;)

My horse's chiropractor costs me $70 flat for a visit. It depends who you use, ring around and get a couple of quotes.
If you don't have the money, you could possibly chance it and see if he'll recover on his own, but it might take a few weeks to even months depending on the severity, in the paddock.
    07-04-2010, 06:45 AM
Green Broke
I will leave it till wednesday and then see how he is going if his striding still werid I will call around for a chrio :)

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