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        08-26-2010, 11:12 AM
    crazy leg

    I am working with my OTT and I only walk trot and do trotting poles rigght now and a few rounds of a canter. His trot is beautiful, but he does this thing with his left lleg its almost like he swings it out when he trots. If yu look at him on a side veiw yu can't even tell, but if yu look at him stright on, yu can really notice, it swing out alot.
    I would like to know what this is called, if it can hurt him in the long run?
    It doesnt hurt him right now though.
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        08-26-2010, 01:16 PM
    My guess would be paddling. Are his feet up to date? It could also be something off in his hip/stifle that's not allowing that leg to come forward, so to compensate, he has to swing it out. I would get a chiropractor out for him.
        08-26-2010, 01:19 PM
    Its his front foot. N yea they are up to dat he's always done it tho, like its not new.
        08-26-2010, 01:26 PM
    Oh, whoops. Don't know why I thought it was the hind. I'm pretty positive, without seeing a picture or video, that it's paddling, and more than likely caused by a joint not allowing that leg to come forward. Again, chiropractic and really working on his balance would help.
        08-26-2010, 01:28 PM
    Okay well the new barn im at has one, so I will ask him.:) n yea once yu say paddelin it looks like he rowing a boat lol:P
        08-26-2010, 01:32 PM
    From my understanding, it won't ever hurt him, it's just unsightly and would lower your score in certain shows. But it wouldn't hurt to have it looked at to see if it's fixable. =]

    I see paddling most often in saddleseat horses, likely from the soring and the super long toes [which is why I brought up his feet], but since he's a TB, I doubt he was saddleseat trained, and could just have a "hitch" in that leg. Good luck!

    EDIT: Err, is he a TB? You said OTT, but not OTTB. O_O THat make my last paragraph inaccurate.
        08-26-2010, 02:02 PM
    Sorry. I forgot the "t" lol I tend to make typeing mistakes.:P

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