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        01-05-2009, 03:50 PM
    Is he shod or barefoot?

    He could have a small pebble in his frog area that's causing him pain when the frog expands and the concrete puts more of a solid pressure on the frog of horses hooves. Check all his feet very carefully, even rinse them off with a damp rag if you have to to completely and thoroughly check.
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        01-05-2009, 10:23 PM
    Yeah I thought it was wierd to but I seen it with my own eyes we went right down on his belly freaked me out.he use to be normal about it.dont know if maybe he did somethin stupid when my back was turned I have had him since he was a baby so as far as I know it hasnt just kinda came on too it but I will try some what you guys say see if we can't move over this herdle if all else fails of to the vet it will have to be get his eyes checked out
        01-05-2009, 10:25 PM
    Originally Posted by Jdun722    
    is he shod or barefoot?

    He could have a small pebble in his frog area that's causing him pain when the frog expands and the concrete puts more of a solid pressure on the frog of horses hooves. Check all his feet very carefully, even rinse them off with a damp rag if you have to to completely and thoroughly check.
    he goes barefoot. I have been over his feet several times but ill do a double take see if im not missing anything
        01-06-2009, 12:06 PM
    Maybe it's not the concrete....Has something changed where you tie him? New garbage can? Or something like that? Him laying down baffles me too, wouldn't think that a scared horse would lay down?? Keep us updated on his progress, I'm interested in what you discover.
        01-08-2009, 01:54 AM
    Well today we started the lets get over the concrete issue I gave him some hay to munch on and didnt tie him either seem to go really well since the barn kept tripping a breaker and he's not fond of concrete or being inside in the dark but he did really well munched his hay and only pulled back once
        01-13-2009, 02:35 AM
    Appaloosas are naturally prone to having moon blindness. Generally, it occurs when they lose vision in the dark, but it might be something to think about. It very well could be an issue with depth perception, it may not hurt to have his vision checked. Otherwise, have his feet looked at again, there may be an underlying issue that you are unaware of at the moment. I would wait to decide that it is a behavioral issue until you have checked out every other possible issue first.
        01-13-2009, 10:51 AM
    If it is something to do with his sight, then maybe painting the concrete might help him??? Just a suggested cause it does sound very strange.
        01-13-2009, 04:20 PM
    Can you see straight through the barn or is there a wall or enclosed door at the end, it generally helps a lot if a horse can see out of an area they are afraid of, it is kinda like the idea of horses and being afraid of trailers, with one mare at the barn I help at she will Not go into the trailer unless she can see one of the side openings open so she feels she is able to escape.
        01-13-2009, 10:03 PM
    None of this explains why he would lie down though. That's what I find so extremely odd.
        01-14-2009, 01:34 AM
    I understand that it does not appear to be a hoof issue, but please do not rule it out. A horse who acts this way on concrete is not normal and I would highly recommend having him checked out carefully by a vet. You are already planning to have his eyes checked, so have a talk with your vet and let him know what exactly is happening on the concrete.

    A few years ago, I took a horse to a show who could not stand walking on the concrete at the showgrounds. He was the sweetest horse and would never disobey, but the concrete was too much for him. He was fine walking on the dirt or gravel, but the concrete really bothered his legs and hooves. That was the first sign that we had ever noticed of his sensitivity.

    Good luck....

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