Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
We have had a few stumblers in the past... one mare, we still have her but she's partially retired, was a dangerous stumbler... and our old gelding (we gave him away when he got too old to ride) was also a stumbler. The mares hooves were done by my uncle and his son who didn't know didly squat about shoeing or trimming... she was, and still is, constantly standing on long toes or 'duck feet'. We managed to get her trimmed properly a few times, and when trimmed properly she was fine, no stumbing or anything...
With our gelding, we tried everything to get him to stop stumbling... finally, our farrier looked him over, watched his gaits really carefully, and realized that our old boy had arthritis really bad in one fetlock and we all agreed that that was what was causing him to stumble, the pain. After we gave him to my cousin for a 'pet', she put him on a joint supplement and was able to ride him safely for a few months before his arthritis got so bad that even with the supplement, he had to be retired. Now, she can lead him about a mile at a slow walk and he starts limping and will limp for days.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)