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    02-10-2013, 11:22 AM
Yearling and two year old running weird?

The other day I happened to have my camera when all my horses decided to run around like nuts. When I showed the video to my mom she noticed that my yearling runs weird. So I slowed the video down and watched, sure enough its like he doesn't extend out. His back legs almost move together when you watch in normal speed. My two year old also does it. Is it because they haven't ran as much as the other two? The yearling is the very loud paint. The two year old is the sorrel with the large blaze, he looks like my mare but you may be able to see the difference.

Can you explain why they do this?

The mare with the white legs is the yearlings dam, she is 15. The mare that looks like my two year old gelding is 19. The smaller, slower light sorrel is two as well, but just came from a bad situation so she doesn't have the energy to keep up with them but tries her best.
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    02-18-2013, 05:50 PM
Usually horses run out of excitement expectantly when its windy or the weather is changing. Is the yearling your talking about that is running weird the slow one?
    02-19-2013, 04:40 PM
They don't look weird to me. Just looks like a herd having lots of fun. :)
    02-19-2013, 05:12 PM
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They're still growing tons. I wouldn't worry about it too much at this point, especially the yearling. It takes time for those joints to continue to grow, along with the tendons and ligament.

I would worry more about the big pile of junk wood that you have in the middle of the pasture. If things (like that pallet) are still nailed together, you are asking for a horse to step on a nail.
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    02-19-2013, 05:31 PM
The yearling is the loud paint. The slow one is a two year old that was just rescued. I was extremely worried they were going to run into it. I wish my dad would get rid of it...
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    02-19-2013, 05:34 PM
I notice sometimes when they are running crazy like this they do seem to stride weird-sort of short in back like you said, and I have always just thought it was them playing and trying to be ready to go in any direction. I don;t think there is anything wrong.

I also would worry about that pile-pallets are perfect for horses to play around and get a hoof caught, then end up running and really getting hurt. It also looks like it is piled up for a bonfire-fine, but like has been said-get rid of the nails! I know my old guy grew up (in spite of himself) in a pasture full of hazards. That was just how the breeder kept the area she kept the young horses in. SOme had scars on their legs, others not, but it always gave me nightmares. I am a bit if a worrywart.
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    02-20-2013, 10:21 AM
Sometimes the back legs don't really separate because their hip isnt veyr flexible and if you lunge him in a circle it should help
    02-20-2013, 10:34 AM
I find it irresponsible that your keeping the stud colt in with his dam. Its time to geld, or separate.
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    02-20-2013, 10:48 AM
Equestrian-I would disagree with lunging young horses very much.....small circles are tough on their joints.
    02-20-2013, 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    

I would worry more about the big pile of junk wood that you have in the middle of the pasture. If things (like that pallet) are still nailed together, you are asking for a horse to step on a nail.
And it looked like a piece of sheet metal laying in there also. Please get that cleaned up and removed or expect a injury and possible a large vet bill.

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