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Pilot 01-10-2011 08:18 PM

Tripping horse
My mare will trip which seems to be at random(hills, flats, walk, trot..). She has injured her leg before but she can move fine and smoothly. I have the farrier trim her hoofs every 2-3 months and they are not even that fast growing. I believe she gets distracted with the surroundings or lazy (a little of both) and does not pick up her feet so she trips. What could I do to help her not trip so much?
Thank you.

Sahara 01-10-2011 08:35 PM

How old is she? She might not have learned to balance a rider yet. You could do some trotting work over poles to get her to focus on her feet.

If she is older, the first thing I would suspect is that her toes are too long. 2-3 months might be stretching it too far for her. Does she get better and trip less frequently following a trim.

If she trips regardless of where she is in her trim cycle, I would suspect either some navicular changes or possibly arthritis. I would have her vetted to rule this out.Good luck.

iridehorses 01-10-2011 08:39 PM

There could be several problems at work here. Just the first few things that come to mind is that your horse could be bored because you may just be a passenger instead of a rider or you could be sitting unbalanced on her or your farrier is not doing the right trim on her or her tack is not fitting her properly. All that is assuming that there isn't something physically wrong with her so I would have her vet checked before proceeding.

As for having her feet trimmed, 6 weeks is the norm, not 3 months. We really need to know a lot more about hour horse, her training, her age, and your experience.

Beling 01-11-2011 01:26 PM

I had a horse who'd trip herself-- one back leg would actually cross in front of the other. It was faulty conformation. I was told to ride her a lot in deep, heavy sand. It helped. Also, I started my first dressage lessons on her, and ALL the exercises were extremely beneficial. I realize your tripping is on the front end, but deep sand and shoulder-in might help you too.:-)

kitten_Val 01-11-2011 02:10 PM

Mine tripped horribly because the farrier I used before left too much toe on her. My solution was to change a farrier. :)

lacyloo 01-11-2011 02:46 PM

I asked my vet about the same thing. My horse was dragging her feet and I took her in to make sure nothing was wrong...

He suggested putting very light dog collar chain to help remind the horse to pick up her feet. Make it loose enough that it can shake around- make sure it is NOT tight. It worked for me...

But don't use this advice against me LOL

Pilot 01-18-2011 01:02 PM

She is 12 years old. Knows basic cues. I'm not a professional rider at all but, I don't consider myself a beginner. I had a trainer look at my form and she said I was holding myself well.
Her hoofs grow slowly. I normally have them trimmed at 2months and even then they aren't very long, just a little chipped around the edges. I actually switch to the farrier I have now(for about a year already) and he is very accomplished but, the problem continues.
I do not have the money to buy sand but I can trot her over poles. How far should they be spaced?
What are "navicular changes"?
She doesn't trip all of the time...mostly when she is nervous or tired...which leads me to thinking it isn't arthritis. But, a vet check would still be beneficial. Time to start saving :)


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