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post #11 of 23 Old 04-23-2013, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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You may not like this advice but the next time you ride, give him a smack with the crop to wake him up. Some horses function almost in sleep mode and pay little attention. Are you riding him or basically being a passenger?
That is also what my farrier said. I tried making him hold a really fast energized trot to wake him up but he started tripping more as he moved with more energy. :(
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post #12 of 23 Old 04-23-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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It never hurts to have a chiropractor or other sort of back specialist out anyway... in my experience a lot of horses have at least minor back problems when you buy them. Then if there is a problem you can deal with it.

It can be a lazy thing or a learned behaviour. Some horses trip and then the rider stops "riding", lets them have their head, lets them slow down etc and they learn that tripping gets them out of work.

Have you tried loose lunging him in a round yard, keeping him at a good trot for a while? Does he keep tripping or does it reduce when he warms up? Does he trip in the paddock?
I haven't tried lunging him yet, but I have kept him trotting under saddle even though he was tripping and it didn't get better, it got worse the longer I did it. I have never seen him trip in the paddock but he is very careful with his steps on the lead rope and in the field and I am not sure but it looks like he really lowers his head for balance while being lead.
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Can you post some side pics of his feet? Sounds like his breakover point is set wrong and it's creating a point where he becomes unbalanced and has to catch himself, ie trip.
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I will get pictures and post them tomorrow
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Start with feet. The feet dictate if there is any sort of shoulder/back/hip problems. If the breakover isn't right, it can create problems like tripping.

Secondly, have him evaluated by a vet and chiro. There could be some issues there. I had Sky tripping up a storm when I first got him come to find it was his feet and also his lack of experience. Got his feet under control and then put poles around the arena to practice picking his feet up.

You mentioned that he slid his hind legs and smacked his front legs?? What kind of footing was this on?

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Start with feet. The feet dictate if there is any sort of shoulder/back/hip problems. If the breakover isn't right, it can create problems like tripping.

Secondly, have him evaluated by a vet and chiro. There could be some issues there. I had Sky tripping up a storm when I first got him come to find it was his feet and also his lack of experience. Got his feet under control and then put poles around the arena to practice picking his feet up.

You mentioned that he slid his hind legs and smacked his front legs?? What kind of footing was this on?
We got his feet done as soon as he started tripping and our farrier is very good and I trust him but I will be posting pics of his hooves later for another poster to see.
When he tripped with his back legs we were in the indoor arena, it's sand but it isn't crazy deep like some arenas.
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post #17 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 09:31 AM
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If he vet checks as sound, I'd just give him time to slowly get in shape. I know how sore I was when I started running too much, too fast! Muscles, joints, lungs all need time to acclimate to being put back to work, before they can work efficiently together.
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I would have a thorough vet check done and I would do it as soon as you can. That way you can rule out health issues. I think a chiro is also a good idea.
How old is this horse? Maybe you said but I don't recall seeing it. You can try other things from now to doomsday but if he has something physically wrong it won't get better until that is addressed.
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post #19 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 09:08 PM
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I would have the vet out to check him for EPM and other neurological conditions.
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post #20 of 23 Old 04-27-2013, 10:11 PM
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EPM isn't an issue in Canada, just your more southern horses.
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