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    04-27-2007, 01:46 PM

I have an extremely clumsy horse My trainer said stocky horses like her tend to be clumsy. So my question how to make her stop or at least pick up her feet
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    04-28-2007, 12:33 AM
I had a mare like that once and our farrier curled her front hoofs, not sure what that ment but it did the trick, looked at a old pair of her shoe's once and the front ones a great slope on the tip of the toe
    04-28-2007, 06:15 PM
Have your farrier and or vet check her feet and back for soreness or not being balanced. Also check to make sure your saddle fits well, and that her teeth are good and don't need floating.

After that, if she is still clumsy, teach her to pick up her feet. I have a stocky horse that is definitely NOT clumsy. I do not know of any horse that is clumsy regardless of whether they are stocky or not who is healthy.

To train them to pick up their feet, put poles down on the ground and walk, then lunge them over the poles. Make sure the poles are not anchored... Just lay them down with enough space in between for her entire body. Once she can walk over them, lunge her over them, at a walk, then trot, then if the space is large enough, lope her over them. At this point, move the poles closer together so she is stepping over maybe 2 at a time. Then, get things like a jolly ball, old bucket (plastic,) old dirt bike tire, whatever you can think of and have her lunge on over and around them.

This teaches them not only to pick up their feet, but also to watch where their feet are going / what is in front of them... And it helps to de-sensitize them to thinks like horse eating buckets...

Hope this helps. Connie
    04-29-2007, 05:31 AM
Yes, it is not necessarily because she is a stocky horse. I have seen heaps of stocky horses that were more nimble than finer horses! :)
Perhaps her feet are too long and she is not picking them up enough. See a farrier about her feet to rule any problems with her feet out.
    04-29-2007, 08:43 AM
Her feet are perfect She is completely healthy, shse does tend to not pay attention. She has the early signs of navicular so I am wondering if maybe that is why. She crosses poles and will trip over them until I do them 4 times. She has attitude
    04-30-2007, 04:26 AM
If it's just not paying attention to where she puts her feet then all you really can do is practice getting her to step over all sorts of obsticles. Try and make it interesting so she does pay more attention. It's hard I know but you just have to keep at it. :)
    04-30-2007, 11:14 PM
No offense, but how can she have perfect feet if she has early stages of navicular? Do you have a picture of her hooves? I would be able to give better advice by seeing them.
    05-01-2007, 07:18 PM
The vet said she may have it, but I had the farrier in and he put special shoes on her. She has been clumsy since I got her. I have had her for three years. I would put a picture up but I keep posting the same one. I still have to figure how to post properly. Her feet look beautiful. Do you think if my balance is off that would do it?
    05-01-2007, 07:41 PM
I don't think your being off balanced would cause that. Horses can learn to compensate for their riders...

I had a horse that was always clumsy, he had arthritis. It was in it's early stages, and wasn't visible from the outside, he was not lame, he did flex well... But, when I rode him he was always tripping and stumbling. He wasn't really old, not at age 11, and his overall health was great. I sent him off for training as he had some behavior problems, and he was injured at the trainers. When he came back he was quite lame. He couldn't flex at all, and had trouble getting up and down... Put him on glucosamine condroitin and MSM, and in about 6 weeks he was much better. He was also on yucca and some other ingredients that helped with inflamation and pain. Unfortunately he was no longer rideable. I ended up giving him back to the people I bought him from.

You might look for arthritis, or try giving some glucosamine condroitin and MSM. It won't hurt her if she doesn't have arthritis, and if after 6 weeks there is no change, you could take her off them. Just a thought.
    05-01-2007, 10:15 PM
Even so, it is especially important for horse's with early stages of navicular to be shod differently. The angles her feet trimmed and the height/degree of her heal can make a world of difference. I think her stumbling is all hoof related.

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