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post #1 of 13 Old 07-18-2014, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Wrapping his front legs around each other?

16 YO Trakehner gelding has a strange habit of wrapping one front leg completely around the other tightly. Sometimes it looks like he leans back a bit like he's stretching maybe ? But not always. Anyone have experience with this? He usually does it when he's been on the cross ties for a little while, instead of pawing?
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Does your horse look like he's trying to take weight off his front legs by stretching back? Does he ONLY do this in the cross ties? Does he have any issues under saddle, like sudden lameness?

This type of behaviour just screams founder/laminitis or some other pain related illness to me but I could definitely be overreacting. There isn't really enough information for me to make a decent estimation. How long have you owned this horse?

Try checking for lameness in all gaits. It's usually more apparent at the trot.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-19-2014, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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He's definitely not lame. Owned him since he was 7, competed 4th level dressage and was training for prix's and i use him as an equitation jumper and never shown a hint of lameness and he only does it on the cross ties. It sort of looks like he's scratching his leg. He rubs it up and down a little when its wrapped around
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Very odd. It could just be a weird habit. Idk what else.
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Ill try to get a photo when I see him do it again.
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One of my horses does it but only in the cross ties. He is usually being tickled by one pesky fly and starts out scratching the front of one leg with the other.

When he is really relaxed and bored, he will stand there and leave his front legs crossed! It's really quite cute but he doesn't do it for more than 5 minutes at a time. It's pretty obvious he's not lame or sore in any way.

I wouldn't worry about it too much, your horse has probably just found a new way to scratch an itch!
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I didn't mention I know a couple that cross their back legs :)

(I think the lameness was due to a lack of visualization, I get where the poster was coming from)
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I used to have a horse that would go down on his knees to stretch his back! It freaked me out at first, but it was just something he did. He even did it once when i was riding!
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-19-2014, 05:24 PM
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Usually it is just a sign of boredom and they do that to rub/scratch their legs. I've seen that several times. It is amazing the lengths horses will go to to scratch their legs.....


http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...3824BA07F958E4

When you first talked about crossing the front legs, this photo from the movie Cat Ballou popped into my mind.....



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post #10 of 13 Old 07-20-2014, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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That's exactly what it looks like but he pulls the foot higher up on his leg. Pretty funny but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything wrong.
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