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    02-02-2012, 10:33 PM
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Foal
Clumsy horse

I have a probably strange question looking for advice: I bought a 5 yrs old Percheron gelding back in Oct. Up until Feb í11 he was a stallion and not worked much. He has only been worked in an arena. Anyways he has to be the clumsiest horse Iíve ever seen, can trip over his own shadow. I have been working over the past months out in the paddock. I took him for his first trail ride the day after I brought him home and he totally freaked out, so have been doing a lot of desensitizing with him and he has done great, but still clumsy as can be. I have been told that part of it is he isnítí paying attention and that I should get at him when he trips on the lunge line or riding around the corral. I really want to try him back out on the trail but afraid one of us will end up hurt if he stumbles out there. He has fallen right over onto his chest on flat ground!!! Is it possible he isnít paying attention or could it be, like a puppy, he needs to still grow into his hooves??
     
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    02-03-2012, 08:44 AM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by tecara    
I have a probably strange question looking for advice: I bought a 5 yrs old Percheron gelding back in Oct. Up until Feb í11 he was a stallion and not worked much. He has only been worked in an arena. Anyways he has to be the clumsiest horse Iíve ever seen, can trip over his own shadow. I have been working over the past months out in the paddock. I took him for his first trail ride the day after I brought him home and he totally freaked out, so have been doing a lot of desensitizing with him and he has done great, but still clumsy as can be. I have been told that part of it is he isnítí paying attention and that I should get at him when he trips on the lunge line or riding around the corral. I really want to try him back out on the trail but afraid one of us will end up hurt if he stumbles out there. He has fallen right over onto his chest on flat ground!!! Is it possible he isnít paying attention or could it be, like a puppy, he needs to still grow into his hooves??
Haha well either your desensitizing is working good, or he is still getting his coordination!
His clumsiness can be cause that he is not paying any attention and is really relaxed or he could just be still getting his coordination.

If you wanted to improve coordination I would suggest doing something like grid work, and pole work, to get him aware of where his feet are and logs on the ground in relation.

But yer if he is generally relaxed and falling asleep on trail rides, he will be tripping over stuff all the time, haha so maybe just try keep him awake while on them. :)
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    02-03-2012, 09:56 AM
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Weanling
Do pay attention to this as my best friend had a big gelding and we thought he was just clumsy always falling on the forehand, thinking he was lazy or wasn't paying attention, even falling asleep under saddle because he had great weight and seemed perfectly healthy, and alert.

I'm certainly not trying to plant seeds of doubt or worry, but this gelding was diagnosed with wobbles. Keep an eye on him and if he seems to start to look drunk at all (swaying or having trouble backing up, turning etc) call a vet. Does your horse stick his tail up in the air at all when he is showing off?

It could be as simple as lazy or gawking, but from experience, I would just keep an eye on it.
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    02-03-2012, 11:06 AM
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    02-03-2012, 11:07 AM
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Foal
Logan was VERY clumsy when I first got him. I thought it was due to the lack of training/ muscle he had until he started acting out while riding (he is a very good boy and a suck so this was not normal behavior for him). I got the vet out to take a look at him and turns out he has an issue with a rear leg causing him to put alot of pressure on his front end and was probably the reason he seemed so clumsy an was getting mad at me for riding him.

Just keep an eye on it as it could be him trying to tell you something :) good luck!
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    02-03-2012, 11:22 AM
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Foal
Hey Tecara,

I owned the horse Kstinson mentioned in her post. I had the same issues with my big gelding.

Boe got progressively worse over a year. He was very healthy, sound. But always tripped on his forehand, and went down many times, even in the arena.

I would get a vet to rule out wobbles. All the research I did said it isn't very common, but that it happens to taller male horses more often. Boe was 16.2. They have several tests they can do, like pulling on the tail to see how the horse reacts.

I'm sure he is just being lazy, but after my experience, I would rule it out. It can be dangerous for both of you.
     
    02-03-2012, 05:46 PM
  #7
Foal
I do think I may have him checked by the vet just to be on the safe side. For not only wobbles but any other issue that may be going on. He seems to be very healthy but never know right. He doesn't seem to have any movement issues. Today he spent plenty of time rolling around in all the mud!!! Pretty bad when an all black horse is grey with mud. When he runs around (which is very rare, he'd rather walk slowly) he does cock this nub of a tail, he is docked. I love this big boy dearly and just want to do right by him.
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    02-03-2012, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tecara    
Is it possible he isnít paying attention or could it be, like a puppy, he needs to still grow into his hooves??
From what you describe, I don't think lack of attention is the cause, & horses aren't born with bigger feet to grow into like puppies, but IME it is common for heavy breeds to have rather 'splatted' hooves - like your 'typical TB feet'. If his feet aren't well balanced, short breakover, etc, or are hurting him, this is a common cause of tripping.
     
    02-03-2012, 07:24 PM
  #9
Foal
I have had his hooves done. The person who does them also raises and shows Percheron's. Mac is a small perchy... 16.2... His hooves are trimmed back more like a QH and he uses a measuring device (i don't know what its called) and checks the angles as he works on them.

I have notice he trips more when in a slower trot... not sure that makes a difference. He has never cantered for me but I have seen him at full speed in the field but have never seen him trip or fall then.
     
    02-03-2012, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by tecara    
hooves are trimmed back more like a QH and he uses a measuring device (i don't know what its called) and checks the angles as he works on them.
Unfortunately 'trimmed like a QH' is a very subjective description & depending on your circles could mean anything from well trimmed to 'clubby' with high, contracted heels. IMO trimming to preconceived measurements & angles is not a good move.

Of course, could be nothing to do with his feet at all & could be his shoulders or back or some such are tight or sore.
     

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