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    12-26-2011, 05:53 AM
help! tripping?

Hiya, I am desperate for some help on this, my norweigian fjord horse is awful for tripping up constantly. It's not just a little slip, it's proper tripping and sometimes he falls on his knee's. (but rarely) once my friend rode him about a year/6 months ago and he fell completely over and rolled on her. How can I stop him dong this?

(a little history):

Leo was raised in norway broken to pull logs in the snow. A woman bought him back for a friend as a holiday present but over dissagrement of livery pay, he was to be sold to the glue factory to pay for what they owe. My yard owner rescued him an hour before he was due to go and brought him to where he is today. She then sold him to me.

I do have a wonder of whether his past in norway has something to do with his tripping. Also, if this helps, he developed an ever so slightly weaker shoulder on his left to his right. It dosen't effect his gait at all and he trips on that leg just as much as the other. If his tripping is something I can't help, then that's fine. It may be the case that he is just a lazy walker/trotter (he dosen't trip in canter/gallop) and dosen't pick his feet up. Would just love to know if there's something I can do about it.

Additional details:

- NEVER bucks, rears.
- only extremely rarely spooks
- medium length stride
- gets shod every 7ish weeks, he has plain shoes on all fours (no studs)
- he is very strong, dosen't bolt, but he is VERY strong. I currently ride him in a gag and flash.

Thankyou very much for reading, I hope you can suggest something for my boy!
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    12-26-2011, 06:29 AM
What you describe sounds a lot like what happened to my old horse some years ago. She would keep tripping, always at the walk or trot, sometimes went over on her knees and once rolled right over. Luckily I managed to get out the way in time!

In her case it turned out she had a problem with her navicular bone, so it may be worth getting a vet to check that out, even if just to rule it out. We were advised to stop riding her, as the problem was becoming dangerous, but I'm sure you can treat navicular with corrective shoeing. Just a thought and I hope it's nothing like that.
    12-26-2011, 02:24 PM
I have a horse that used to trip a lot, found out the farrier was keeping his toes to long. Now his toes are short and squared off to help break over and he doesn't trip until they've grown out at the 6 week point or so.
    12-26-2011, 02:50 PM
Pictures of his hooves? Veterinary attention is required. Could be arthritis, navicular, poor farriery, or neurological....
    12-26-2011, 06:52 PM
Thankyou everyone for your suggestions! I will leave it another few weeks or so just to make sure and keep a really close eye so then I can do what is neccassary thanks again!
    12-26-2011, 06:58 PM
As you say that he has a shoulder muscle less developed than the other I would suspect a back/neck injury. He probebly needs a chiropractor.

Other things to check - length of the feet, long toes may cause a horse to stumble

Tight saddle or low on the withers

Heart problems
    12-26-2011, 11:24 PM
If you manage to rule out health issues then he might be just lazy. I have a horse that trips as well but he never gets close to falling to his knees luckily. I asked the same question on here and people replied by saying I should try trotting poles so that he would have to pick his feet up more.
Just an idea.

Hope you can fix the problem and I hope that it isnt anything to do with a health issue.
    12-28-2011, 06:17 PM
I had a horse that tripped a lot and fell to his knees a lot. My shoer said it was because he was young and didn't know where his feet were. He got over it. I don't know if that helps at all.
    12-28-2011, 06:38 PM
It could be a back issue. I know from experience that fjords are incredibly hard to fit a saddle to.
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    12-28-2011, 06:44 PM
Originally Posted by ponyvoog    
I had a horse that tripped a lot and fell to his knees a lot. My shoer said it was because he was young and didn't know where his feet were. He got over it. I don't know if that helps at all.
This is not correct at all - the horse knows where its feet are! They trip if feet are too long, if sore or tack doesn't fit, if they have back/neck problems or if they have heart problems.

He probebly got over it because your farrier shod your horse to deal with the problem.


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