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post #11 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 03:26 PM
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TWH (even flat shod ones who have never been in stacks or sored, etc.) trip a lot. The barn I'm at shows walkers (again, flat shod) and they often have tripping issues. It comes from not being balanced at the gait, I believe. Gaited horses need to be balanced by the rider to gait correctly, and when the rider isn't balanced, the horse isn't, and vice versa, so then they start tripping. Hope you get it sorted out, and that may give a little insight if his feet are fine & such.
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He stumbled on one ride.....

I would make sure he is up to date on his trimmings and make sure when you ride him he is paying attention and not napping.

Then, if he continues to trip worry about there being something physically wrong with him. Otherwise I would write it off as one of those days. Like when you are walking down the hall and you trip on nothing because you are thinking more about what sweater you want to wear tomorrow on that hot date than where you are walking.
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TWH (even flat shod ones who have never been in stacks or sored, etc.) trip a lot. The barn I'm at shows walkers (again, flat shod) and they often have tripping issues. It comes from not being balanced at the gait, I believe. Gaited horses need to be balanced by the rider to gait correctly, and when the rider isn't balanced, the horse isn't, and vice versa, so then they start tripping. Hope you get it sorted out, and that may give a little insight if his feet are fine & such.
That's often due to walkers being trimmed/shod with a longer toe due to the belief it is needed to give them more action. Happened to me when I first got into walkers and using a farrier that was "the best walker shoer" in the area. Poor horses were tripping all over the place and I just thought that's what they did myself. Didn't like that farrier much so used another one suggested by a relative, he took off a good two inches in length and my horse stopped tripping (was also foot sore for a bit). Anyway, I keep em short now and he only starts tripping when he's about due for the next trimming.
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post #14 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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He was trimmed about 4 weeks ago.

Is it possible that I am just to big to ride a horse? I chose him because he is a big guy as am I. Im 6'3" and weigh about 280.
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Confused, maybe I did not read it right.

How often has he tripped?
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The last 3 times I have ridden him he has stumbled a little, but the last time he actually fell to knees. I have only owned him for 3 weeks.
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Can you get pics of his hooves?

My old TWH mare was a serial tripper until I started trimming her hooves myself with a shorter toe and well mustang rolled. I noticed many of our farriers left a long toe on "because that's how you trim a TWH." She was also a very lazy horse.
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post #18 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 04:31 PM
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Sometimes horses just trip. Just like you or I. And just like humans, some horses are clumsier than others. It's no big deal, although sometimes it can be unnerving if it's a big stumble. Just keep riding.

If he stumbles all the time I might be concerned, but a little trip here or there while rambling around a pasture isn't a big deal.
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post #19 of 28 Old 07-22-2011, 04:51 PM
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My Arab used to fall to his knees quite often when he was younger. He has scars on both knees where he fell one day down hill on rocky ground. He did it wa;l, trot and canter.

We never figured out what is was - I guess he grew out of it, he hasn't done it in years and years.

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My old Black horse was 38 when he died and he never stumbled to his knees. He was a TWH. My new TWH is only 7 but she also has never stumbled to her knees. Now, yes, the stumble but they are sturdy and safe trail horses on rough terrain. Maybe it was "just a stumble" but I would not write it off to being a walking horse....

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