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post #1 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Horse drags his back feet?

So Jinxx drags his feet... alot. I noticed he only does this when he is in his stall/pasture and when I work with him he picks them up. He drags them so much by the time our farrier comes out his back feet have a squarish look (if that makes sense.) What can I do so he doesn't drag his feet so much?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 08:38 PM
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How old is he? Is he possibly sore in his hocks? My mare has hock arthritis and drags her toes, particularly when she is more sore. Might be worth looking in to possible pain.

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post #3 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 08:42 PM
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As indicated could be hock...could also be stifle. I'd say a vet check is going to be needed...
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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He is 2. He doesn't seem sore or anything. I think he is just being lazy. Like I said he only does this when he is in his stall/pasture.

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My western pleasure bred 2 year old does this if he slows his walk or jog too much. If he's loping or otherwise moving with more impulsion, it's not an issue, so I blame laziness...
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I'm also inclined to believe it's just laziness. Some horses are that way. I've got one in my pasture that always has square hind toes unless he's got shoes on....then the squaring just takes longer LOL.

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If he is still that young then I agree with just lazyness.

Drifter dragged his feet due to a stifle issue a few years ago. But it was constant. In the pasture, in the arena - everywhere, they were dragged. If he walked, they dragged. if he trotted, they dragged. If he trotted faster, they dragged harder. You get the picture.

My 4 year old Whiskey will occasionally drag his toes when he is trying to be lazy. I call it his "look im trotting like you asked and still putting forth minimal effort" gait. As soon as you get after him and get him to add energy and impulsion to his strides, the dragging ceases. I had him checked out by the vets to double check and it was just lazyness. So I would assume your guys' is too :)
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That's what my 6 yr old QH has done for his whole life.. Just lazy.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-06-2013, 05:35 AM
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I'm also inclined to believe it's just laziness. Some horses are that way. I've got one in my pasture that always has square hind toes unless he's got shoes on....then the squaring just takes longer LOL.
Our youngest mare is like this. She's not lazy in the sense of not wanting to work because she doesn't drag her feet at all when under saddle, but when she's just wandering around the farm grazing, she just does not pick up her feet as much, and they'll get squared off when the ground has been very dry and brick hard.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-06-2013, 11:06 AM
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It could be a number of things:
His back: Prod his back firmly and look for a reaction. If at any point he flinches, snaps at you.... etc, it probably means hes sore and you would need the back man out.
Check his stifle and hock areas. Look really hard, and see if you can find anything.
Laziness. Some horses just couldn't be bothered!
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