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post #11 of 20 Old 02-23-2015, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'll be interested to hear how it goes. the horse I lease has slightly dropped fetlocks, and the farrier suggested going with slight wedges, but I have heard that doing such can end up creating more problems than it fixes. shoeing is just such a mystery to me. I know so much more about other things, and like practically nothing about shoes.
I'm still learning so much about the hoof too. I've learned a lot about lameness as I have had 4 lame horses in 4 yrs sadly...each a different problem. But I'm new to shoes. I have always kept barefoot whenever possible and just booted for rocky rides. But I'm not opposed to shoes if it benefits the horse. I just want what's best and try to treat each case individually.
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Video was very slow to load so didn't watch all of it. I noticed a slight head bob at times when going to the left. I also noticed he'd break into a canter when approaching the open door when from the left yet was fine to the right altho he slowed and stopped near the upright poles. The door holds some attraction. Horses can be stoic regarding pain as the predator seeks out the horse that appears weaker. This same trait can drive an owner nuts as at times the horse seems sound.



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post #13 of 20 Old 02-23-2015, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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So is this break to canter an appearance of lameness or soundness? I'm gathering he's still lame, I just want to understand what he's trying to communicate with me.
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I cannot say. it could be that you were suggesting canter just a bit, perhaps, if you were tightening up to slow his trot. or other subtle cue from your seat. you might have asked him to canter on a bit to see how that felt. and maybe try a bit more for that right lead. you may be reading more into this than you need to. he looks a bit ouchy, but not hugely to me. wonder what he'd look like on a lungeline, no rider.
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Very interesting, and I may learn something about detection of lameness.

I could not watch the video, it never finished loading. Are you able to put it on youtube?

My old computer and slowest internet speed possible drive me crazy sometimes. lol

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I could be wrong on this but I remeber a horse massage therapist telling me that the trot is the hardest gait for a horse. The canter and walk are much easier. I can't remeber the reason why though. Anyways, she does look sore to me but I can't pinpoint a location. Almost looks as she is really sore somewhere and the rest of her body is sore/tense from compensating.
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If heard that said, too, but I find that baffling. when horse travel great distances, they tend to trot rather than canter.
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I could be wrong on this but I remeber a horse massage therapist telling me that the trot is the hardest gait for a horse. The canter and walk are much easier. I can't remeber the reason why though. Anyways, she does look sore to me but I can't pinpoint a location. Almost looks as she is really sore somewhere and the rest of her body is sore/tense from compensating.
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I have heard that also. I think it has to do with the weight distribution as well as the muscles required.

He is sore. I showed the video to my vet and my farrier watched him move when he came out also. He has 2 main issues. Its his left front and left hind. His left front foot is causing him grief. Not for sure the most specific cause other than the heel pain. He was actually striking toe first when the farrier observed him. He also had sore frogs this time. His left hind is troublesome because he has an incorrect plantar angle. The wear of the wedge in back appeared to be bothersome to him too.

We put him back in a wedge pad as he had some success with that previously and I spoke with my vet for a plan going forward. I have read a great deal about his symptoms and heel pain. Sounds like there is a lot of hope for making him comfortable again, but its going to be a long and tedious road...course that's no different than what we have already been doing...
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I could be wrong on this but I remeber a horse massage therapist telling me that the trot is the hardest gait for a horse. The canter and walk are much easier. I can't remeber the reason why though. Anyways, she does look sore to me but I can't pinpoint a location. Almost looks as she is really sore somewhere and the rest of her body is sore/tense from compensating.
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The walk is easiest because less energy is used. That's why horses (& people) walk more than run.

The trot is a balanced gait where each leg shares the burden so they can go a long way at the trot.

The canter will fatigue one side or the other ...but it's also the only gait that assists in breathing as during the canter the diaphragm is naturally pushed up or released by the abdominal muscles. The breathing easily matches the strides 1:1. Maybe that was what the therapist meant.
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-27-2015, 01:59 PM
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he definitely looks stiff. how does he move when he's turned out? or just lunging?

i wonder if you posted this in the hoof section with some pictures, it might get some hoof people looking too.

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