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    02-15-2012, 04:32 AM
Tripping horse

I was wondering what excersices I can do to stop my horse from tripping? She's fairly green but when you ride her she just trips all the time even falling over sometimes.
Her feet are fine and her saddle fits.
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    02-15-2012, 04:42 AM
Oops was meant to be in horse training can someone move this?
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    02-15-2012, 04:54 AM
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If all health issues have been ruled out, then I'd suggest introducing your horse to ground poles and doing slow trail rides on rougher terrains. That really helped my horse who used to be a HUGE tripper. Now he knows where his feet go and has learned to be sure-footed.
How young is she? Maybe you just have to give her more time.
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    02-15-2012, 05:13 AM
She is 4, we have tried poles on the ground but it doesn't seem to have much effect and where we live we can't trail ride.
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    02-15-2012, 06:04 AM
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I suggest you discuss light pole work training with your trainer or somebody experienced and be patient. 4 - that is VERY young and it is absolutely normal that your horse is not sure-footed yet.
    02-15-2012, 01:06 PM
Caveletti training is good for improving balance and strengthening back muscles. I'd start by lunging her thorough the cavaletti first then ride her over ground poles.
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    02-15-2012, 03:26 PM
Thankyou Sarandra and Fargosgirl, how many poles in a row would you recommend?
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    02-15-2012, 03:43 PM
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Start with one, first at walk, then at trot. As your horse makes progress, you may go up to three, it will be completely enough to begin with. For useful exercises and information on cavaletti work, I'd suggest this book -
Http:// start from ground, not in saddle, it will be much easier for your horse.
    02-15-2012, 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by CurlyIsASpecialStandie    
I was wondering what excersices I can do to stop my horse from tripping? She's fairly green but when you ride her she just trips all the time even falling over sometimes.
Her feet are fine and her saddle fits.
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Please define fairly green.
    02-15-2012, 03:50 PM
Work on ground poles and cavaletti and walking on trails in tougher terrain. She'll work through it :)

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