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post #1 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 05:17 AM Thread Starter
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Unbalanced horse?

I need training advice for my anglo-arabian gelding. He is 14 y/o and his canter is very weird, compared to my other horses. He always trips when I canter him, and I have problems changing the lead with him. Recently I’ve been trying to lunge him more, and do things like trotting on the wrong lead to improve his balance. But so far, I don’t see any results.

We’ve had him checked by our farrier, and there’s nothing wrong with him. I’m new to training horses with issues like this, does anyone have any more tips and tricks that I can do to help my horse with this?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 05:34 AM
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Maybe you should ask an osteopath, chiro or equine masseuse to look at him? They can see if maybe he actually has some muscle tension, atrophy or some signs that shows that your horse actually has some deeper issues.
Just recently a horse I know was diagnosed with a serious ongoing inflammation of meniscus, that probably resulted from an old injury. The only symptoms this horse had was that unbalanced feeling when riding him and his masseuse said that something isn`t right with this horses hind end balance. From the ground, just looking at this horse moving, you could never tell that something is wrong.
Your horse probably doesn`t have anything that serious, but it`s worth checking out.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 05:49 AM
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I'd have a lameness exam done. An odd gait, tripping, and difficulty with leads can easily be a soundness problem. You can't train your way out of that.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 05:50 AM
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While some vets are farriers, unless your farrier IS a vet, he/she has no idea of any structural issues the horse may be having and really has no business arbitrarily concluding there is nothing wrong with the horse.

Further to the farrier --- the farrier could be the issue due to poor trimming or shoeing.

The horse needs to be seen by a lameness vet and/or a qualified equine chiropractor. Not all Chiros are created equal, hopefully there is a good one in your area.

The poor horse has issues and is still willing to try and work without bucking you off. IMHO stay off the horse until you get professional help to find the issue(s)
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the replies! I will definitely have him checked out by a chiro or an equine masseuse now! I also won’t be riding him until we know what it is which I definitely think sounds like a good thing. I’ll update this after we find out more.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-14-2019, 08:38 AM
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I'd go with a vet first. Bodyworkers can't do joint block and xrays/ultrasound and I've never seen one do flexions.
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