front legs keep twitching
I have had this horse since aug 15th and we had a farrier out on day 1 to fix up his feet. They had grown out and chipped and looked terrible. He did his thing and nothing major, just needs to grow out and they should be ok.
i have rode him every other day just mainly 90% walking because he is out of shape. (they said he was ridden 1 time for a couple of hours and then not ridden again until some all day trail ride and then sold to my friend). she was new to horses and she didn't feel comfortable riding him by herself but IMO he is really a good horse. i had horses 20 years ago for about 4 years, i never noticed them doing this behavior. it is not a limp just twitching his muscles and i can feel it when he walks.
there isn't any twitching until we start to walk a 1/3 of a mile it feels like he is twitching his legs like there are flies on it but it is constant. if i stop him from walking he stops and just stands there. he has been sprayed with this waterproof fly spray and i don't see anything bothering him but he continues to twitch both legs non stop. if i go to a faster walk/trot he doesn't do this.
i have checked his feet, nothing sore, his legs, nothing sore or hot. his feet were really sensative on anything but dirt but that is getting better. anyone else ever notice this?
i wondered if the saddle was not the right size and maybe that is making him uncomfortable but other than this i wondered what i could check next. no i don't want to call a vet just yet... just doing research first.
prior to being out to pasture he was a rodeo horse as a cutter or something like that. He is a quarter horse, age 16 they think.
ok, here is an update. after 2 weeks after the farrier he seemed to stop stumbling and was walking smoother for about 4 weeks. the farrier came this past sunday and he is one again stumbling and this twitching thing has returned. he tripped a bunch of times and we hadn't even gone a 1/4 mile. i told the farrier that he was very sore for 2 weeks after last time and that i was concerned about this and he said he was sure that he did not cut him too close. he was ok last week and now i have to think it was because of what the farrier did this time. he said i needed to put some hoof hardner on him because in the winter it will keep him from standing in water and getting a foot fungus. i need suggestions. he made it sound that him being sensative on a 1' gravel from my driveway to the road was normal and that he puts this hoof hardner on his horses. do you think there could be other issues?
and his feet are real sensative again.
i hate to wait another 2 weeks just to see if he is more sound. i feel bad for riding him at all when he is in this kinda shape.
Durasole is a good hoof hardener.
I use it occasionally as I keep my horses barefoot and it actually works really great for thrush. It's main purpose is a hoof (sole) hardener though and it does a great job of that too. Best of luck!
Hmmmmm.... I would have the vet out, it sounds like he might have a pinched nerve, also get a chiro to look at him.
You also have to wonder if it has anything to do with HYPP.........
Know little about HYPP, but muscle twitching is one symptom. I don't believe it would only occur when walking under saddle if it was something like HYPP though. I too was thinking body/saddle issues from the first post, but after farrier update, think it sounds like farrier error/sore feet are a likely problem.
First & foremost, your horse should not be tenderfooted after a farrier visit - he should be the same, if not better than he was before. If a farrier routinely pares sole & frog, that is one reason the horse may be tender.
Secondly, the horse doesn't have good feet in the first place, by the sound of it. But even if they were healthy but unconditioned, they may not be up to carrying a rider on rough ground, for eg. So he will need hoof protection on some surfaces at least. Hoof boots are a great option for protecting thin soles & frogs.
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