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post #1 of 9 Old 10-05-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Horse skips his back legs?

I'm new on this forum, and I really hope this isnt a dumb question. I just adopted a horse and when he runs at a lope, he loses his 3 beat gait a couple times and kind of lifts up his back feet and kind of skips them before returning to his 3 beat gait. Ill try to take a video of it tonight to make more tests. Has anyone ever heard of this or seen this before?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-05-2009, 01:09 PM
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Welcome to the forum Reaver.

I would love to see a video of that!

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-05-2009, 02:56 PM
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Howdy and welcome. I can think of a couple of reasons for it right off the top of my head but I will reserve judgement until I see a vid.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-06-2009, 03:27 PM
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that's what dogs do when there spines go out in old age. It will be a pain thing probs, get out a vet/chiro
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-07-2009, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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I havent been able ot take a video in the last few days, but do you really think it could be something with his spine? It looks almost like his back feet are just missing a beat and moving in their own cycle for a split second before he gets back perfectly into his gait. He doesnt look like he is in any pain when he moves, as he moves out pretty willingly. He is also only about 15, so he's not too old either. Could this really be an issue for him? Because now im freaked out!
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-07-2009, 12:35 AM
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It could be that he is out of alignment in his back, or he could have been taught improperly how to pick up the canter, or he could be crossfiring, or he could be kicking out. Don't worry about it. Just watch for other signs of discomfort; raised head, ear pinning, baring teeth, nipping at the saddle/girth/your feet, etc. If he doesn't appear to be in any pain, then it could be a hundred things that is causing it so don't go to stressing just yet. Breathe!! When you have a chance, get some vid and we will be able to give some much better and more accurate suggestions.

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-07-2009, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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ok, ill try to get one today if I can get out to the ranch. I've been around horses for about 6 years now but its my first time owning one, so of course Im being the paranoid mother type ! XP
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-08-2009, 01:28 AM
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Of course, and that's understandable. I have been around them all my life and if something seems just slightly off with one of my babies, I get all stressed out thinking about what it could be and usually turns out to be nothing. LOL.

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-08-2009, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, he's really not showing any signs of discomfort when he is doing it, but ill lunge him today and take a look. My camera is unfortuntaely not working at the moment (at least the video part) so ill have to borrow a camera to get a clip of his run XP.
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