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post #1 of 8 Old 06-13-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Gimpy Trot?

Hi all!

I was hoping someone with experience judging / viewing / grading lameness could take a peak at my very short trotting video. It's slowed 50% so that you can take a good look at his footfalls

My horse is an ongoing project and the vet is coming back for a recheck on the 24th but I can't help but be curious how he's coming along. He's a rollercoaster, he'll get much better and them something will go horribly wrong (abscess, stepping on a nail, you name it!). I trotted him for a very short time today just to see how he was doing since he seemed to be feeling pretty good.

I'm so bad at judging these! I see a few misteps but I'm wondering if it's just because he is making such a tight circle? I was trying to get him to go out farther but this is the best we got.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-14-2010, 12:06 AM
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He looks pretty off on the left front to me. The tight circle probably didn't help but he is still off.
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Thank you! I think you are right but I was looking for all three of the others to have problems. The left front is actually the one that he had not had some sort of issue with so far!

Left hind was the nail, right hind was the abscess and right front was the mystery lameness that didn't show up on x-rays. Poor guy :(

I'm having a chiropractor come look at him soon, hopefully he might have some clue as to what's going on. He's still resting and rehabing though. The short, light lunging today was spur of the moment (obviously, he doesn't have his boots and I'm in a skirt!).

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-14-2010, 11:47 AM
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Honestly, this video makes it impossible to tell. The circle is simply too small - you need to move him out more. Shay-la called me in the other day thinking Eve was lame because she was taking a misstep and a head bob every few steps. As soon as she enlarged her circle, she was fine.

I, personally, don't necessarily see anything that cant be attributed to such a small circle and him attempting to deek off (I assum the gate or barn is to the left of the video screen?) everytime he comes around your right.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-14-2010, 11:55 AM
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Off left front.

PLEASE next time - loop the excess line in your hand. I cringed every time it hit your leg.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-14-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Haha yes, I know he needs bigger circles but if you see I'm not actually pulling/holding him close I'm trying to push him out! We need to work on that but he has zero experience lunging and it's not something we are regularly doing because he's been lame. It's hard enough to get him to move out away from me at all. He chose to do those tight circles for whatever reason!

I know I know about managing the slack better, sorry! I was paying very close attention to not step on it or get tangled (slow motion makes that hard to see) but I know XD

MacabreMikolaj, yes, the gate is just to the left in the video and he peaks over there at that.

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone! I'm hoping that it was exaggerated by the smaller circles. I may try to do a straight trot in a lead line at some point later in the week. We'll see what the vet and chiropractor say!

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Larger circle, more engaged trot, and real time would be a real help; if you can, have the video at real time first then half time second.

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He looks off in the left front to me, but it is kinda hard for me to tell with the vid slowed down.

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