Starting to think my horse is over stepping? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 07-01-2012, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Starting to think my horse is over stepping?

I've kinda thought this for a while, but it really never came to head until tonight. I was out on a ride I checked all the shoes before I saddle my mare. All shoes were on good and tight. We(me and a friend) had just about finished a 4 hour ride. We were about mile from home and we started trotting.

My friend got in front of me which was fine. I felt my horse trip hobble and then limp. I made her stop right away and I got off. I looked back and there was her shoe laying there about 20/25 feet from us. It was bent and the nails we laid down but we're almost straight up.

Last time she pulled a shoe my farrier told me to save it, he's actually out of town so I can't contact him till Wednesday. I've got pictures and I was just wondering if you guys thought the same.

She is a little bit built up hill so she really digs and gets her butt underneath her. So I'm thinking that's why she's over stepping. I know listen to my farrier. But I was just wondering how I could go about fixing this if he didn't suggest something(which I am sure he will). I was thinking bell boots? I'm not sure. Opinions please?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-01-2012, 04:28 AM
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bell boots might help. However, once I was riding a horse that overreached and we were just walking in the arena , he had bell boots on, and suddenly he stepped on the bell boot, and because his front foot was now pinned to the ground by his own rear foot, he went down on his knees and just laid me in the sand. Big surprise, but no hurt to me. But, after that, I didn't rde him in boots anymore.

If the front hooves have not enough break over, they will be delayed a tiny bit, which can mean the back foot catches them before they are broke over, and up and out of the way. So, maybe, just maybe, if the farrier thinks it's the right thing to do, shortening the toe and making more breakover might help. That's only if the farrier agrees that this is the issue.
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Might just be tiredness. One of ours forges when he comes in from the field once his shoes have been on a couple of weeks, but he's just lazy.

Tinyliny's comment about breakover is spot-on. I once lost a bell boot in a competition - fortunately it tore so the horse got back to his feet after a major peck. I always used the petal type of boot after that.

Hopefully it'll just be an annoying one-off :)

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