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        02-04-2009, 01:16 PM
    Tripping on Air

    I guess Blue is clumsy. He trips over his own feet sometimes. Is there anything I can do to help him pay attention to what he is doing or will he always be this way?
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        02-04-2009, 01:41 PM
    When was the last time he had his feet done, could he use a trim?

    You could work some trotting poles into you rides. It makes them pay more attention to where they place their feet.
        02-04-2009, 02:05 PM
    How old he is? My gelding used to be like that when he was a younger...he started paying attention to his feet around 6. But I wouldnt never ride him down a hill becuase he would trip at least 2 or 3 times on nothing. Just walking down the road he would trip
        02-04-2009, 02:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    When was the last time he had his feet done, could he use a trim?

    You could work some trotting poles into you rides. It makes them pay more attention to where they place their feet.
    Good suggestions. Is this something new with him? I've been told by an old time horseman, that "horses are either naturally sure footed or not. If not, good luck". I do think that getting them to pay attention will help though.
        02-04-2009, 02:25 PM
    How often is he worked? And what do you normally do with him when you ride? He may just not have very much balance. That is something you can help with training.
        02-04-2009, 04:02 PM
    He is around 6 or 7. We ride about twice a week. Every Sunday we either trail ride or (side of the road) ride from Sunup till Sundown. We walk mostly but I do run him. He is not shod and has very good, hard feet. He was trimmed last Sunday and is trimmed and rasped every 5 weeks or so. I check his feet and clean them before and after every ride. I think he is just clumsy and lazy. It's almost like he is not picking up his feet high enough to walk right. LOL He is very weird. Out of the 8 horses that we ride, he is the only one that will go out of his way to walk on the road instead of the grass on the side.

    I think he is just Mucho Loco in the Cabasa.
        02-04-2009, 04:08 PM
    You might check your saddle placement along with the other suggestions. I know Vida will get "trippy" if I get in a hurry and place her saddle on to far forward.
        02-04-2009, 04:11 PM
    Green Broke
    You ride from sun up to sundown? Same horse? Does he start tripping in the later part of the ride? Could be tired. Sounds like weekend warrior riding. May need some riding during the week, not as long of course to help build up his stamina so he's not tripping. Ground poles would be a very good exercise during the week.
        02-04-2009, 05:29 PM
    Well, we don't stay on that whole time. We trail ride and stop. Come back home and eat then go back out. It's not constant riding. I'm not that mean.

    He trips before and after. LOL
    He gets rode at least once during the week too.
        02-04-2009, 09:04 PM
    He is ridden a lot but his body is not being build up from walking long periods. It might help to do some ring work with him. Try a lot of bending and circles at all of the gates. Working over poles may also be helpful to help him think about where his feet are.

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