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  • My horse wont extend his front legs
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    11-09-2011, 09:10 AM
laxy horse won't extend!?!

My chestnut twh has been coming along great or so I think since we have made more success in the last month then in 5 years. But the problem now is his stride.

Now I use my twh for walk, trot, gait, canter, and gallop. He knows the cues to go into which one pretty well except for trot or gait... still working on that. He would rather trot then gait. But at any speed he won't extend himself. At all!!! Even if I am riding with someone and there horses who have great extensions. He could care less to follow them. He will fall back so far in the ride that I am constantly trying to catch up with everyone. Unless we are on the way home that's when he will finally show the extensions I want.

I have no idea what to do. The trainer I have hasn't seen any improvements with her methods of circles and changing things up. So I was wondering what else to try. He extends on his own in the field and when asked on lunge line or in round pen. Just won't extend when riding. I have checked saddle fit and chiro has come out, vet has says nothing is wrong and farrier says there is no lameness. So pain can be eliminated... any idea??
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    11-09-2011, 09:19 AM
Green Broke
Hi, I had a similair post to yours not long ago, hope some of the answers on here can help??

Teaching a youngster to extend...
    11-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Perfect thank you~ :)
    11-09-2011, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
No problems, glad to have helped ^^
    11-09-2011, 09:26 AM
You most certainly did the first three posts under your topic already gave me some good ideas... lol thanks again :)
    11-09-2011, 09:33 AM
Just to add, I've been told that the girth placement also plays a part in extension. Like if the girth is sitting too far forward, it interferes with their legs and they get short strides.

Either way though, let me know what works and good luck :)
    11-09-2011, 09:36 AM
Skyseternalangel - oh I will have to look into that. We always put it in the same spot... lol will look into it. Thanks :)
    11-09-2011, 10:04 AM
Also... it could be tight muscles. It helps to have a chiropractor look at your horse once in awhile. It really has helped my guy release his neck.

Also if you stretch the front and back legs after you ride (after they're warmed up or it'll cause more damage than good..) that also helps to free tightened tendons or whatnot.

Girth placement:
Influence of girth strap placement and panel fl... [Equine Vet J. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI
Though I'd take it with a grain of salt.. it just seems like it'd make more sense that it could be messing with your horse's legs.

Do do do do... and

Stretching in Horses Has Health Benefits
Loosen Tight Muscles with Equine Sports Massage from Practical Horseman | EquiSearch
Limber Your Senior Horse by Stretching
(yeah it says for older horses but it helps keep younger ones nice and loose)
Stretching Exercises for Your Horse

Okay :P now you have a lot of information! I personally LOVE stretching my horse, he absolutely enjoys all of the release and it helps him be more supple and relaxed
    11-09-2011, 10:11 AM
Hahaha I will look into them. He doesn't like to be touched much but maybe he will like being stretched lol... and I had the chiro out and he said he was good to go no adjustments needed..

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