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Re: [RC] Query re: front end interference & an unfit horse - Mary Krauss

Hello Barbara! Your description fits my OTHER horse Salima. She whacks her fetlocks and I should probably be using splint boots. I'm kinda' an idiot when it comes to specialized gear--haven't even learned how to use a breast collar or crupper yet. I'm glad you mentioned the splint boots because now I'll actually go buy a pair. Are they hard to use? Are there different sizes and are there different ways to adjust them? I'll ask at the tack store too but appreciate any extra info. Bruiser's problem is a bit different. He actually wings out then lands a bit toed in, particularly on the right side that keeps losing the shoe. He doesn't seem to twist once he lands or anything stressful like that, but he sure yanks shoes.... The general tendency to paddle is definitely conformational--I just wondered if (hoped?) the degree might be affected by conditioning....

Mary K.

On Sunday, October 23, 2005, at 02:27 PM, Barbara McCrary wrote:

If he is clipping his front shoe off with the opposite front foot, I would suggest that he toes out. My old ex-endurance horse toes out, and although he didn't pull off front shoes, he clipped his opposing fetlock joints in front. I had to use padded splint boots to protect him from himself. I'm not convinced that conditioning will solve this problem. It may be the way he's built and it may not change.

Barbara


----- Original Message ----- From: "Mary Krauss" <lazykfarm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2005 9:03 PM
Subject: [RC] Query re: front end interference & an unfit horse



Basic question: If my 9 year old, overweight, unfit horse becomes slimmer and more athletic, is there a chance he'll quit paddling so much up front? I ask because, while the paddling itself is no big deal (quite common to his breed), he's been clipping his shoes off since I've put him back into training. (He rips one front shoe off by stepping on the side of it with the other front foot.) I don't recall his having had the same problem before, but he was younger, probably not even finished growing, and certainly less overweight a few years ago. I'd not considered his weight problem in relationship to the lost shoes until I read your supportive posts to Cherie regarding her new horse. Now I'm hoping there's hope that my horse's interference problem might fade away as he becomes stronger. Could it be true?

Mary K. 'n' Bruiser & Salima


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