Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
We havent had the vet out yet this year, but from the way he races up and down the field with the other horses, I dont think pain is the issue.[/QUOTE]
The thing is, running around in the field and cantering around in a (relatively) small circle are two different things. My old gelding was severely arthritic in his hocks (he's now 10 and his right hock is completely fused, while his left hock is 75% fused). He could run around and buck like a colt in the turnout, but put him in the round pen or on a line and ask for a canter without letting him warm up, and he just physically couldn't do it (he'd try, bless his heart, but he'd give up after a few strides because it hurt...once he warmed up, he could canter with no problems).
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