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ConclusivelySmooth 09-27-2009 12:11 AM

And...he's down. -HOW TO HELP A KLUTZ??-
My quarter horse is 16.1 hh, with big feet. He's a klutz. I ride him outside, inside, on the moon, whatever. Always trips.
He was a pasture horse for 3 years, and so I know the problem is muscle, impulsion, extension, and all those "ision" words.

Some questions. Any exercises to keep him on his feet? xD

Also, any good exercises to make him Mr. Macho Man in his haunches?

iridehorses 09-27-2009 08:06 AM

Whole bunches of questions - it may not just be his condition.

Is he shod properly? A wrong shoeing can cause tripping, he may need his toes to be trimmed differently.

How long has he been in re-training? He may still be trying to gain his balance or he is not yet in condition for the task you are asking.

How does his saddle fit and have you had a vet check him over for back problems?

Is he paying attention to you and his task at hand?

Does he do this in the field or on a lunge?

As for exercises to build strength and muscle, a lot of trotting, collection, and hills will speed things along and get him working on his rear.

ChingazMyBoy 09-27-2009 08:22 AM


I've got a big 16.1 TB klutz! I've found with him when I ride him on a shorter rein and use my leg to push him on - I think its like collection. That he doesn't trip as much.

To build muscell trotting is great so is hill work, beaches *the sand* and lunging. But remember 20 minutes of lunging is the same as one hour of riding.

Miloismyboy 09-27-2009 08:49 AM

I was just PMing someone about what a klutz my horse is! How weird is that! He's a TWH and is 14.2. It's like he's not paying any attention to what his feet are doing because he's preoccupied with something else. I was thinking about creating an obstacle course (as well as build muscle) to get his mind to focus a bit more. He is barefoot and can just be walking around the pasture with his head in the clouds as well as in the ring lunging and WHAMMO! He trips. I have to giggle at the "I meant to do that" demeanor he takes after tripping, but I really would like to see what I can do to minimize his clumsiness.

ConclusivelySmooth 09-27-2009 08:55 AM

1. He's shod every six weeks, and now that you mention it, it does seem to be better the first few weeks after the farrier comes.

2. He's been in re-training for about a year. It was really light at first, because I didn't really know how to work him, but with lots of help, he was better during the year.

3. Just got a new saddle, fits him fine (checked by a professional), and he has no back problems.

4. Sometimes xD He's really curious, and sometimes wants to focus on other horses instead.

5. I've never seen him do it in a field by himself, but he sometimes does it at the lunge.

Thanks so much for the advice!
(And I'll try that, ChingazMyBoy)

sparksgirl 09-27-2009 09:59 AM

MY horse stumbles, more than what I'de like when we ride together_ I have determined mostly when he is in deep concentration on how to avoid doing what I am asking! In other words when I don't have his full attention!

cheply 09-27-2009 02:31 PM


But remember 20 minutes of lunging is the same as one hour of riding.
Really!?! In what way?

grayshell38 09-27-2009 02:59 PM

When my friend first got her gelding he was constantly walking on his own feet and tripping. She set up some ground poles and other obsticles and after a couple of weeks he was paying attention to where he was setting he feet. He's all better now. I think you just need to get him paying attention, especially if he was at pasture for three years.

Spirithorse 09-27-2009 03:28 PM

Tripping can be caused by several things: physical reasons, the horse is lacking motivation and is seen as "lazy," rider error, or the horse is so unconfident that he's just trying to get away and he's not thinking, he's just reacting.

If you can rule out any physical issues, and check yourself to make sure you aren't dumping your weight onto his forehand, then I would guess it's a motivational issue. He probably doesn't see any point in doing what he's being asked to's boring to him so he doesn't really try, hence the stumbling. So mix things up for him! Put down ground poles, go on a trail ride, do a lot of Freestyle riding (loose reins, working toward bridleless riding), more straight lines than circles, over jumps, up and down hills, transitions, all kinds of things to mess with his brain! Also do a lot of point to point exercises to get him to WANT to go forward.

chasin the dream 09-27-2009 08:02 PM

it could be epm..its a disease that they can get from opposums..

tie him on cross ties or something...then grab the and of his tail and like pull it to one side. a healthy horse will pull back to keep their balance. if he just kinda stumbles he could have epm. heres a page on it.... i hope it its not epm!

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis - EPM or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis in Horses

if this doesnt equine protozoal Myeloencephalitis

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