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.
- 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!