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    07-22-2011, 08:44 PM
I guess I worded that incorrectly- I wouldn't consider it normal because he's a walker for falling to his knees, but the smaller trips could just be from being off balance.

If he's constantly tripping (like every time he's ridden, multiple times he's ridden) then no, I wouldn't write it off to being a walker. I just wanted to pop in and say that walkers can trip more often (from my experience) when not balanced by their rider.

I don't believe the walkers there are left with long toes, as I remember one of the BO's asking the farrier to not leave long toes, if he does, we have him correct it.

Please don't take just my advice into consideration, I probably should have stayed silent, but I did want to offer what I know about walkers into the conversation. I am by no means an expert, but after riding alongside them for many years, I have picked up knowledge here & there.

Best of luck, OP, sorry for any misunderstanding. Hope this problem gets sorted out and you have many good rides with your TWH.
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    07-22-2011, 08:56 PM
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My only reason for being concerned was because the horse was walking when it fell to it's knees. Walkers do tend to suffer from ring bone and other feet related issues so saying a walker trips isn't FAR off but the concern I have is in the walk...
    07-22-2011, 09:14 PM
Ohhh, well, yes, that changes things. :/

Sorry, OP, didn't realize that. I'd have the farrier out, personally, and maybe the vet if the farrier can't find anything wrong.
    07-22-2011, 09:21 PM
For your safety and his, you should get a vet to look at him. Before you panic, you should realize that some horses are just clutsy. I have an old walking horse that was unsure of his footing when he was young. He fell to his knees several times. It scared him enough that he started watching where he was going. My arab mare (the one in the avatar here) was tripping a little, so I got my farrier to put a 2 degree steeper angle on her front hooves. She never fell, but she would catch a foot on a rock and trip occasionally before he changed it. The angle change worked wonders.
    07-22-2011, 10:52 PM
I'm sorry if I missed it, but how tall/heavy is he? You may be too big for him if he's built without much thickness to him.
    07-22-2011, 11:52 PM
He is a fairly big boy, right @ 16HH and a little over 1100 lbs according to the previous owner.
    07-23-2011, 12:22 AM
Could just be out of shape, they do stumble more when in poor shape.
    07-23-2011, 12:23 AM
My draft cross tripped and went down on his knees at least once when I first started riding him at 3 1/2 but once he got his balance with a rider on his back, he has never gone down. He does tend to stumble unless we roll his toes or I let him get lazy and not balanced. My farrier and I have worked together to get his feet right. I tell him what the issue is and then he works on it so you may need to do that.

Could be too that when he first stumbled, you looked down and your weight didn't help him to catch his balance. I remember being told that if you look down when jumping, you place at least 40 extra pounds on your horse's front end.


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