We have 2 TWH that we trail ride with. Mine is older (17) and is fairly sure footed, but my hubbys is 6 years old and was not ridden a lot before we got him. He is a really bomb proof very tall guy(at least 16 1/2 hands). He has a wonderful personality and we don't want to get rid of him but he has a stumbling problem.
When we are doing a fast running walk, climbing hills or going down steep grades he is fine. But, when we are going along a fairly smooth area, usually a old road bed, gravel road or a smooth trail, always with a slight downhill grade. HE STUMBLES, he has fallen to his knees a couple of times. Once pitching my hubby over his head.
When he is walking along a gravel road he does not act sore footed, and he sometimes will "throw" gravel ahead of him as he walks. At first I felt he was young, tall and lanky who just needed to learn trail riding. I also thought he just "zoned" out and tripped. This horse is a very laid back guy, not lazy but not hyper. We REALLY want to keep him because he has such a great personality, but we are afraid of getting hurt on him.
We have a farrier who shoes TWH and have talked to him about it. The farrier has changed a few things with the shoes but so far nothing has helped. Does anyone out there have any ideas?? Will he grow out of this or at 6 years is this how he is??
Thanks for any help