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  • A horse tripping while walking
  • Stretched toe farrier

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    02-17-2012, 08:28 PM
The farrier is coming out this week so we can rule out any hoof issues :)
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    02-23-2012, 07:37 AM
Havent read all replies but I would want to reconsider physical causes too. You say her feet are fine, but for one, horses don't *begin* developing their caudal foot until around 4yo, so if you're riding on hard/harsh footing, her feet may be 'fine' but sensitive still. Saddle fit is one common issue & while it may be good ATM, with a 4yo growing horse, it needs checking/adjusting frequently. I've found Balance International to have some good info on their site on that subject. As a horse's spine is not fully mature at that age, I would be doing little ridden work yet anyway & consider there could be other spinal or body problems aside from saddlefit. Eyesight is another possibility, as is considering what exactly you're doing when she trips - perhaps it's a particular sort of exercise.
    02-23-2012, 11:55 AM
The farrier was out today, so we will see how she goes next ride.
Loosie-she is only ridden lightly :) thanks for the info
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    02-23-2012, 08:50 PM
What did the farrier say about it? Has she got stretched toes at all? Heel or toe first landing? How thick her soles? Does he pare much sole or frog when trimming?
    02-23-2012, 09:02 PM
He said her toes were actually pretty long, shows what I know! He took a bit of her sole & frog yes. So we are riding tonight and will see how she goes :)
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    02-23-2012, 09:07 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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What breed is she?? I have this problem with my 5yrs Percheron. I have discovered that he does this for 2 reasons... one is the speed he goes at times causes him to basically trip over his own feet, back and front hit each other. And the second is when he is being lazy and not paying attention to what he is doing. The first reason I try to keep him at a moderate walking speed which helps the second reason because he is paying more attention. If he does trip because he isn't paying attention I get after him and we work a bit harder.
    02-23-2012, 09:27 PM
Originally Posted by CurlyIsASpecialStandie    
He said her toes were actually pretty long, shows what I know! He took a bit of her sole & frog yes. So we are riding tonight and will see how she goes :)
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Yup, long toes are a frequent cause of tripping & paring frog & sole leaves a horse more sensitive & less protected, which can cause them to be 'ouchy' & stumbly.

N.B. Should clarify - it is sometimes necessary to pare some frog & sole, but generally it should be left well alone, IME
    02-24-2012, 12:09 AM
She is a clydesdaleXQH im not a farrier so im not really sure how much he took of her sole, he got rid of all the crumbly stuff there though
    02-24-2012, 04:24 PM
How did your ride go ??
    02-24-2012, 05:03 PM
We only walked because she was in a mood so we did walk/halt etc lots she only tripped once I think so defenetly an improvement so far.
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