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Bad with holding feet up?
Ok so ever since I got Sammy he seems to be really bad at holding his feet up. Not like he tries to take them off you or anything more like he physically can't hold himself up. I find it really weird when I have his feet up for awhile cleaning them it seems like he literally loses his balance and starts to fall on his face. He seems to try really hard not to fall not like he is trying to get away from me. He is at his worst when I stretch his legs after doing his girth and when the farrier stretches his feet out to do them. He has been a bit better lately. He was also left out in the paddock for 8 months before I got him, how much he was handled then I don't know. I have just never had a horse do this before. Do I just continue working with him normally and see if he stops it? Is this something to do with him being unfit? I've never had a horse do this before so this is a bit weird for me. Thanks!
Apachiewhitsox, here's what I can tell you. First off have you checked for any sore spots on his shoulders or back? Secondly, time and patience. Maybe before you know he is ready to get unbalanced you put the foot down. Make it something you want to do not what he wants to do.
Second, have his feet been tested by the farrier for any soreness? Knees, stifle, elbows anything that may be causing him to want that foot down?
Do this first and let me know.
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Ok thanks. I will check his back, shoulder and legs tomorrow. The farrier also never points anything about any soreness in his feet, actually he usually comments on how great his feet are. My farrier usually points things out to me if he finds a sore spot or something he is worried about.
How old is Sammy? Does he seem to do this with all 4 feet or just the front or back? Does he have any balance issue's while riding (if your riding him)?
Sammy is 12yrs old. Ok now I'm just kind of taking a stab here because I'm not that experienced but. I think he is unbalanced when ridden faster then a walk. At first I thought it was just the barrelracer coming through but now I think about it he might actually be unbalanced. Whenever he trots he tends to rush (and try to break into a canter somtimes) and brace against your hands. I haven't cantered him in awhile because I am trying to get his trot good before I try again but when I did it was very fast and (cant think of the right word right now) uncontrolled.
Also I had a feel of his shoulder, back and legs today. He didn't respond to anything on his shoulders. The most he did when I felt his legs was turn around and watched me but he didn't seem bothered. When I checked his back the first time he sunk away at a particular spot. I tried a second and third time just to be sure but he didn't react again it was just the first time.
Oh also he does it with all four feet but is probably a bit worse with his front feet.
Apachie, how exactly do you hold his feet? You may want to raise them just a little bit and keep straight under his body for his comfort. Also you may want pick the hoofs placing him against the wall (in stall or shed), which would also help with balance.
BTW, my well balanced in general paint loosing her balance almost every time the farrier raises her back feet or stretches her. In fact 1st time ever he did stretching on her front hoof she fell on him. That was very scary (and he doesn't try it any more). Interesting enough she does hold her balance when I trim or clean her (and just to add, she's not misbehaving or showing off, but loosing her balance indeed when the farrier does it).
My horse will generally lean on whoever picks his feet out as much as possible, once he was even resting his back hoof and putting all of his weight that would usually be on his foreleg through my farrier! with him it's pure laziness, and when my farrier shifted his weight to stop him, he did nearly fall.. could this be the case here?.. either way i would deffo check for any pain in his joints and back, just in case :)
When I clean his feet out I normally keep his legs under him in the most comfortable position for him but I do sometimes stretch them out a bit if I need to.
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