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post #21 of 27 Old 01-30-2010, 06:23 PM
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I rode a Standardbred that was mostly used to pull a buggy, and for the first handful of rides on trials, he didn't watch were he was going and never picked up his feet.... After he stumbled bad enough that he almost went down, he started paying some attention to what he was doing with his feet.... I just blamed it on his training, since he wasn't used as a trail horse before I started riding him and then was just once or twice a month....

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post #22 of 27 Old 02-05-2010, 09:57 AM
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Have you checked his saddle fit? My gelding stumbled all the time. He was purchased last year and I started riding then after years of being away from horses and having a bad horse accident just before purchasing him. His stumbling scared me. His former owner said he never stumbled - he was a former race horse. If I took Red out up in the country where he was excited and really looking forward to going he didn't stumble very much - just a time or two over roots, holes, etc like any horse would.

He popped out with white marks on his back after going up to the state park with hilly terrain. I have tried other saddles since that time and he stopped stumbling. I think it was pinching a nerve. Check the saddle or pad fit and see if that helps. (I also had a number of farriers try to "fix" that problem and one farrier clipped him too short - ugh that was another nasty problem!)

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post #23 of 27 Old 02-05-2010, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for all the advise! I have my farrier coming next week. He was suppose to come this week, but we have had so much rain we put it off until next.
The Southeastern part of the US is getting so much rain, we are about to wash away. My barn and pastures are so wet and swampy. The poor horses bog down in deep mud everytime they come into the barn. I am afraid the shoes won't stay on very long with the mud sucking them right off!!

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post #24 of 27 Old 02-05-2010, 03:07 PM
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I have had this problem to. And alot of the time its them just not paying attention to were there feet are... my suggestion is to walk him over polls ground fo a while so he starts to pay attention to where he puts his feet. Then trot him over them.
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post #25 of 27 Old 02-15-2010, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by RhondaLynn View Post
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
Uh, hi, I don't really know what to suggest, except, if you find your horse is getting sore ankles from knocking him/herself maybe you should get those leg protector thingos that people use on their horses when they jump. Also, I didn't quite understand what 'sore footed' means but if it means he's got tender feet well maybe it's 'cause he's not used to stones or the surface if he came from somewhere totally new because we got our horse Jed and he limped 'cause of the stones and now we just have to walk him on grass mostly if we can. That's what our farrier said. Sorry I have no suggestions other than that. :S Goodluck. Seeya! =) Stay positive.
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post #26 of 27 Old 02-15-2010, 10:26 AM
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My horse had that problem too. My friend watched me ride and she said he is walking on his front instead of on his back like he should be and advised me to do hill work to correct it. Now my horse was nervous about being ridden for a while (which I have heard can cause the problem), he even had a nervous habit of standing at the hitching post and picking his foot up and putting it down over and over again (which he doesn't do anymore). A lot of hours in the saddle and the hill work corrected it for Major, but I'm not sure which one cured the problem...maybe a combination of both. I don't think it would hurt anything to try the hill work though.
Oh yeah and I should also mention that Major wasn't stumbling when he was doing his running walk...it was only while doing the regular walk.
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post #27 of 27 Old 02-15-2010, 10:40 AM
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Your horse might have too long of toes, you could discuss it with your farrier.
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