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princessfluffybritches 06-27-2013 06:20 PM

TWH shoes and gait
My mare has a solid flat walk barefoot. I put shoes on her fronts because we started going down this rocky road to the trails. Now her gait is choppy and she's hard to keep in a flatwalk, she keeps falling into a rack.

My trainer said it's the weight of the shoe (average shoe), to show this she wrapped her hind legs and put rollers on. My mare was back to flatwalking without effort.

My question is do you think going to a lightweight aluminum would make a difference? I just want the fronts shod.

Joe4d 06-27-2013 07:08 PM

i have no idea what rollers are, but sounds like you have a farrier issue, probably leaving toes to long. Many farriers dont know how to do trail walkers. They see Walking horse and think show highstepping rack. Post a good side view shot of your horses feet. Ive been riding front steel shod walking horses almost exclusively for years. ALso a rack is a faster gear than a flat walk, so not sure what you meant by fall into.

Corporal 06-27-2013 07:10 PM

Joe, that is really profound. I've not had any issues with my farrier when he's shod my two KMH's for trail riding trips, so I'm sure that you're correct about the long toes.

bbsmfg3 06-28-2013 09:01 AM

For lack of a better term, you've thrown her out of "balance". Some of these gaited horses are very sensitive to change.

It could the the weight or it could also be the hoof angle. You can compensate for weight a little by a longer rear toe, and a bit shorter front toe.
If she is tending toward a quicker release of the front foot(rack oriented) you might try a higher front foot angle, ie, slow the front foot lift down, and force the rear lift sooner(running walk oriented)

princessfluffybritches 06-28-2013 01:03 PM

Bob, I think you are exactly right. Adding a bit of weight with rollers seemed to straighten her out. She does not have an angle problem. This farrier has improved her angles nicely without getting a run forward foot.

I guess I will try aluminums because they are 1/3 of the weight.

Joe, rollers are like ankle bracelets that have "marbles" strung together to add a bit of weight. That was temporary.

She does a nice flat walk. Falling out of it is when she shortens her long step in the back and loses the head nod. There is no hind end overreach.

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