What does "Walking Soft" mean?

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    08-17-2008, 05:59 PM
What does "Walking Soft" mean?

I found a mare that is pretty, balanced, and looked good. She was at a reputable sale that sells performance / halter horses. In the ring the owner had it announced that the mare was trimmed short the week ealier and that the mare was "walking soft". She did have front shoes on.

What does this term "Walking Soft" mean? The owner and auctionneer both stated that it was something that she would come out of.
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    08-17-2008, 06:11 PM
Probably ment that her hooves were cut too short and as they were sore, she was walking softly?? Kinda like if you had a sore toe(ha ha)
    08-17-2008, 06:16 PM
In context, it sounds like they meant she was tender-footed from recent farrier work, so was walking "soft" because her feet hurt, and she didn't want to hurt them more. If so, then yes she will come out of it once her feet toughen up a little.
    08-17-2008, 07:37 PM
Re: What does "Walking Soft" mean?

Originally Posted by Velvetgrace
the mare was "walking soft". .
... but carrying a big stick (sorry, I just couldn't resist it.)

Everyone is correct in saying that she was probably trimmed too close and is a little tender. I bought a gelding from a sale like that and after a couple of weeks his feet grew and he was fine.
    08-18-2008, 10:37 AM
^^^ You beat me to it iridehorses!!!

Yes, they just meant that she was tender footed at the moment and that she would be fine once her hooves grew out a bit.

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