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post #1 of 5 Old 01-20-2014, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Need some advice :)

Okay so I have a 6 year old standardbred, we are always trail riding mainly flat ground not much brush, some sand. When we are walking sometimes it feels like he just trips a little bit. (He was vetted before I got him, while he was racing, and currently gets a check up every 6 months, PLEASE do not tell me he needs to be vetted or checked because he is seriously fine, he just not paying attention to where he is going since he is looking around :) ) now I was wondering if I could use boots on his legs to help maybe from twisting an ankle or something of the sort? Are SMB boots even helpful? They make me feel a world better when they are on him, like I'm helping protect him or doing him some good! What are everyone's opinions on SMB boots for trail riding?
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SMB boots will not help with tripping , at all.

I used to ride a big horse that tripped alot. it was partly the way he walked, (he would rotate his hock a lot. you know, plant his back foot then pivot around it, so you'd see his hock moving kind of circularly)
and the other part was him not engaging his hind end and stepping under a bit more, and really being "present". I would pick up some contact and ask him to step up a tiny bit faster and bigger and step into the bridle, even when just out cruising the trails, and he tripped less. But, he always did trip.

my current mount will almost never trip, not matter how loosely he is ridden. He just is balance more on his hind and pays attention and picks his feet up, without any real encouragement from the rider.

even though it may seem counterintuittive, make him move faster and bigger and he'll likely trip less.
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Thank you for your advice :) even when we trot he trips :/ canter is the only thing I feel he is stable! Lol I was just thinking smbs to help his ankles when he trips maybe to help prevent a strain or sprain?
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The bigger risk would be him falling down and hurting you due to tripping. I agree with tiny that you should encourage him forward more.
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Originally Posted by oliverSTB View Post
Thank you for your advice :) even when we trot he trips :/ canter is the only thing I feel he is stable! Lol I was just thinking smbs to help his ankles when he trips maybe to help prevent a strain or sprain?
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In all honesty, he's not going to get a sprain from tripping - horses legs are surprisingly strong for their size compared to bodyweight. He's more like to injure himself by tripping and going down on his knees - if you were riding on concrete, I might suggest knee boots but I don't think it's really an issue.

Like Tiny said, riding him more forwards into a contact will help - he sounds like he's just slobbing along and just hitching a toe because he's not concentrating.
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