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post #1 of 17 Old 04-08-2011, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Dragging her back feet

I have tried everything to get mocha to not drag her back feet! She does it in all gaits. & it drives me nuts. I've extended her trot to try to make her have to pick up her feet. & I've gone over poles, & I always give her alot of rein to encourage forward motion. & I'm worried one day she's going to trip or something & hurt herself. So I need tips on how to make her pick up those feet! Please & thank you
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-09-2011, 02:43 AM
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have you tried to put works boots or something like that on. They feel weird for the horse so they pick up they're legs
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-09-2011, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Oh. I really hadn't even thought about putting something on her feet! I'm going to have to get some & try that!! Thanks so much!
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I currently am working with a gelding who likes to drag his back feet some, I set up some trot poles and worked him over them a few times that seems to help.
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Is she by chance pleasure bred? Only reason I ask is because it's pretty common to see that in both english and western pleasure classes. Those horses are bred for such slow legs and flat movement that they really don't pick their feet up very much at all. I would suggest working her more often over poles so that she can build up the muscles that are needed to get some action in her legs.

Although, IMHO, the best thing for a horse like that is to be ridden out on the trails through rough terrain and deadfalls. That helps them to figure out exactly where their feet are all the time and helps them learn to pick them up.

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Could be a soundness or neurological problem, too. I'd have that looked into.
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-10-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I assure you she has no neuroglogic or soundness issues. She's been checked for that & I have regular check ups.

She is pleasure bred.. Zippos Pine Bar, Zips Hot Chocolate.. Etc. I do ride her on trails often. At least 4 times a week, because I don't have an arena I do workouts while on the trails. Lol & in the hay field.
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I got my TB to figure out he had 4 feet by taking him on rocky trails where he had to pick and choose carefully to navigate the terrain. I didn't hold him up with the reins, just left them long and let him figure it out. At first he was tripping all over the place, but he quickly figured it out and no longer does it.

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post #9 of 17 Old 04-10-2011, 08:50 PM
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I had a mare who wouldnt watch here she's stepped.. I was lucky enought to have an entire pasture covered in catus.... soo one day when i was riding i rode her out into the catus pasture, me picking the way through. then let her find her own way out... she learned really quick to watch where she was going...
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-12-2011, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Ive been trying to walk her in harder terain. To no avail so far & it's been raining for 3 days now so I haven't been able to ride ): darn spring showers!
Jwells84: that's funny! Lucky you! I wish I had some cactus' in OH now!
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